also be the question of being true to oneself which fits pretty well with the

Also be the question of being true to oneself which

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also be the question of being true to oneself, which fits pretty well with the truth versus deception theme. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not being truthful, spying on Hamlet, likewise, almost everything Claudius and Polonius do is based on deceit. Even Ophelia is coerced into dishonesty, as sheʼs doing what her father tells her to do. Claudius has abandoned truth, asking to pardon his sin as long as he can keep the reward of being the King. Scene II Summary Hamlet coaches the actors to perform in front of the King, Queen, and court. Horatio arrives and Hamlet tells him about his plan to use the mousetrap to catch Claudius off guard. He added the murder scene to the play, described to him by the ghost, and tells Horatio to watch Claudiusʼ reaction to see if he acts strange. As the play unfolds, it becomes too much for Claudius and he leaves. Seeing this, everybody leaves except Hamlet and Horatio. Hamletʼs resolved to kill Claudius rises again. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come and tell Hamlet that his mother wants to see
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him. Analysis Hamlet is asking the actors to perform his revised piece. He still wants to make sure that the ghost is not a demon, and is telling the truth. Seeing his deed played out publicly, Claudius' perception of image and reality becomes blurred. The theme of madness and the truth versus deception are almost inseparable.
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