The truth can be dangerous final

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The truth can be dangerous. Different people can interpret the truth differently. The truth in Hamlet should be real things and events and not what people want to believe the truth is. “To be or not to be?” is the question. Hamlet addresses the issue of concealing the truth and construing it to appear as something other than fact. Hamlet returns from the University of Wittenberg for the funeral of his father to find his mother, Gertrude, remarried. Hamlet’s mother tries to protect him from the truth of what really happened to his father. She hopes his insanity is from Ophelia instead of his father. Hamlet would not let the matter rest with his father murdered and people surrounding him with lies. Hamlet eventually becomes insane from seeking justice after gaining knowledge of the truth. Hamlet discovers that his mother remarried within two months of his father’s death. Suspicion is intense after Gertrude remarries so hastily. Even more peculiar or suspicious is the person whom she marries: her dead husband's brother, Claudius. Within a week of Hamlet’s return he hears of a ghost who looks like his father. Hamlet goes to meet this ghost. Before Hamlet sees the ghost he thinks something is wrong. He is told it is his father. Hamlet does not believe it is his father. When he recognizes it his father He says, “My father’s spirit is in arms. All is not well. I doubt some foul play. … Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.” (Act 1, Scene 2) The knowledge Hamlet discovers raises questions of lies, deceit, and truth. The ghost, Hamlet’s father, tells him that Claudius poisoned him while he was sleeping by pouring henbane into his ear. Hamlet seeks to avenge his father’s death. His father gives him advice saying: “If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not. Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch of for luxury and damned incest. But howsoever thou pursuest this 1
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act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against thou mother aught.”(Act 1, Scene 5) Hamlet does not take his father’s advice about carefully seeking revenge and his obsession with justice becomes dangerous. The advice given to him was in regard to that
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This note was uploaded on 08/24/2009 for the course FYS 101 taught by Professor Rodgers during the Fall '08 term at Simons Rock.

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