Hamlet paper

Hamlet paper - The truth can be dangerous. Truth can have...

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The truth can be dangerous. Truth can have different meanings to different people and can be interpreted differently. The truth used in Hamlet is the issue of facts involving the body of real things and events. “To be or not to be?” is the question. Hamlet written by Williams Shakespeare addresses the issue of concealing the truth and construing it to appear as something other than fact. Hamlet returns from his stay at the University of Wittenberg to find his mother, Gertrude, remarried and his father dead. Hamlet’s mother tries to protect him from the truth of what really happened to 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 was intense after Gertrude (Hamlet's mother) remarries so hastily. Even more peculiar or suspicious it the person who she marries. Gertrude 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 suspects it is 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.” The knowledge which Hamlet procures 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 act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against thou mother aught.” Hamlet does not take his father’s advice about carefully seeking revenge and his obsession with justice becomes dangerous. Claudius' crimes and lies appear more compound as time goes on and he appears
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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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