Hamlet....Appearance vs. Reality

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There are many points in the play Hamlet where a situation may appear one way, but the situation actually has a different reality to it. In Act III, there are many examples of this. The presence of the theme of appearance versus reality creates a deeper meaning in many of the scenes. Many of the characters in the play hide behind a mask, and they use the mask so their true evil is not uncovered. In some cases, the falseness of situations makes it difficult for Hamlet to uncover the truth.

At one point in Act III, Hamlet has the actors perform a play that parallels the situation that is occurring in real life. Hamlet uses the play to perhaps encourage a confession from Claudius. Hamlet instructs the actors to perform the play exactly as it is to ensure that the plot is not dist... Continue Reading