Appearance Vs. Reality In Hamlet.

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In Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare examines the differ-ence between appearance and reality. The problem of what is real and what is not is established from the beginning of the play to the end.

The play starts outside the castle, where three guards witness the appearance of a Ghost who looks exactly like the dead old Hamlet. They ask Hamlet, the prince of Denmark and his friend Horatio to come see the Ghost. Hamlet speaks to the ghost, who claims to be the spirit of his dead father. The Ghost tells Hamlet that Claudius murdered him, by poring poison in his ear, but in reality a snake has bitten him while asleep. The ghost appears as a spirit from hell, but the truth is that the ghost is really the seer of reality who tries to reveal facts to Hamlet. It is odd that Hamlet is the only person, besides the guards, who could see the ghost.

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