Appearance Vs Reality In Hamlet

  • Category: English
  • Words: 371
  • Grade: 65
Reality Versus Appearance

Things within the play appear to be true and honest but in reality is filled with evil. Many of the characters within the play hide behind a mask of falseness. The theme is appearance versus reality. One of the main characters that hid behind this mask is Polonius. Behind this mask he give the impression of a person who is sincere and genuine, in reality he lies.
Polonius the kings royal assistant has a preoccupation with appearance. He always wants to keep up the appearance of loving and caring person. Polonius appears like a man who loves and cares about his son, Laertes. Polonius gives his advice only to appear to be the loving caring father. Polonius gives his son Laertes his blessing to go away, he sends a spy to follow him and keep an eye on him. This shows his lack of trust for anyone; he gives the appearance of a confident father who trusts his son to go off on his own. In reality he lies about his trust for his son by sending a spy to watch him. His advice he gives his son is rehearsed and only said to give the appearance of a loving father.
Polonius also lies in the theme where he ordered Ophelia to stop seeing Hamlet. He lies to her telling her that Hamlet does not love her, he only lusts for her, in truth he does love her. Through the play Polonius hids behind his mask appearing to be honest loving parent. In reality Polonius lies, manipulates people and eavesdrops on peoples conversation. Polonius helps contribute to the theme appearance verses reality by showing how his appearance is not his true nature, behind the mask there lies someone totally different.
Polonius throughout the play show the theme of appearance verses reality. Polonius all appear to be good and honest. As each character is presented in the play all appear to be good and honest making it a difficult task for Hamlet to uncover the hidden truth about the nature of each character. As Hamlet best said it somethings is rotten in Denmark That being the lies which have replaced or covered the true state of each character.
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