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The motif of Appearance VS Reality in Hamlet:

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Melissa Arzate

on 20 May 2014

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Transcript of The motif of Appearance VS Reality in Hamlet:

Appearance vs Reality in
Revealing whats behind the mask of appearance, to show the reality of lies and deceit in the play.

King Claudius
Loving husband
Eager to please his subjects
Tries to be a caring father for Hamlet

A madman or a genius?
"So help your mercy how strange or odd soe'er I bear myself(As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on)"(Act 1,Scene 5)
"This is the very ecstasy of love"(Act 2,Scene 1)
"He is far gone.And truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love"(Act 2,Scene 2)
"How pregnant sometimes his replies are a happiness that often mad hits on,which reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of"(Act 2,Scene 2,Pg.103)
"They fool me to the top of my bent"(Act 3,Scene 2 page 183)
"Ecstasy?My pulse as your doth temperately keeps time and makes a healthful music"(Act 3,Scene 4,Pg.207)
Appereance vs Reality pictural diplay of Hamlet
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"
So what is the overall purpose of the motif in Hamlet?
“…and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe…”(Act 1,Scene 2, Pg.19)
"This unprevailing woe,and think of us as of a father"(Act 1,Scene 2,Pg 25)
"What if this cursed hand stands with my brothers blood?Is there not enough rain in the sweet heavens to wash it white as snow"(Act 3,Scene 3,Pg.189)
"May one be pardoned,and retain th' offense"(Act 3,Scene 3,Pg.191)
“Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety (Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve For that which thou hast done) must send thee hence ” (Act 4,Scene3,Pg.225)
" The present death of Hamlet.Do it,England,for like the hectic in my blood he rages,and thou he must cure me"(Act 4,Scene 3,Pg.227)
"Gertrude,don't drink that.It is a poisoned cup.It is too late"(Act 5,Scene 2,Pg.327)



The play serves as the prime example of the dangers and damage of lies and deceit.What lying and deceiving does, as Shakespeare's play Hamlet explicitly portrays, is it creates an atmosphere of mistrust, shame, guilt, and corruption and the ultimate effect is death,and it is a reality that appearance can't hide.
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