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reality issue and especially about the character of Polonius, see by Ian Johnston; search for "Appearance and Reality.")









Hamlet acts harshly towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern but (1) they were commoners who didn't really count in Hamlet's world and (2) even if they were imprisoned for a time in England, it is possible that if they were not killed they would somehow get word to the King about what Hamlet had done.

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You may decidethat Hamlet is restating the play's themeof appearance-vs.-reality.The ghost enters.

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Laertes tells everything, and shouts "The king's to blame!" For the first time, Hamlet can kill the king and have people realize he was right. Hamlet stabs the king with the poisoned blade, then forces the poisoned beverage down his throat.

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"The readiness is all" -- being ready tolive and die with courage and integrityis all the answer that Hamlet willfind for death. Hamlet points out that nobody really knowswhat death is, so why be afraid to die young?


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"To be, or not to be, that is the question," (Beaty, 1348) is one of the most famous and well known excerpts from the play "Hamlet." What most people do not realize is the significance it has in the portrayal of the character Hamlet....

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His entire existence is engulfed in his melancholia. Hamlet's words, thoughts, interactions and most tangibly his actions make his heavy-heartedness an undeniable reality.

Gertrude betrays Hamlet and the late King Hamlet by marrying Claudius

Shakespeare was constrained by the original Hamlet storyto have Hamlet pretend to be comically insane, and for the king to tryto find whether he was really crazy or just faking.

Hamlet accuses her of killing his father (i.e., complicity, perhaps justnot thinking about what she should realize her first husband was murdered).

Only during the soliloquies is the reader given a chance to understand Hamlet, they allow the reader to attempt to decipher who is the real Hamlet and what is an act....

We'll never know whether she has just realized what isgoing on, and wants to save Hamlet's life and maybeend her own miserable existence.

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Somebody else will tell you thatthe real tragedy is that Hamlet kills the king, rather thanforgiving him and living in love and harmony.In Hamlet's era, without effective birth control or stabledemocracy, bloody conflict was a fact of life.

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on whether Hamlet has a "tragic flaw." I believe thatthe whole "there has to be a tragic flaw" business was dreamed up by, who gotpaid to tell young people that if they were really good, thenbad things couldn't happen to them, and that people went tosad shows just to have a good cry ("purge the emotions of pity and fear").

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So before considering whether the ghost is telling the truth,Hamlet calls his mother a "most pernicious woman", andsays of Claudius "one may smile, and smile, and be a villain."We all know that from experience -- most reallybad people pretend to be nice and friendly.When Hamlet's friends come in, he says, "There's never a [i.e., no]villain in all Denmark..." He probably meant to say, "...asClaudius", but realizes in midsentencethat this isn't the thing to say.