Claudius lies to the entire state of Denmark by killing King Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet is a complex play full of dishonesty and deception
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Deception in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hamlet is miserable not just because of his father's death, but because he craves honesty while everyone else around him is engaged in deception and manipulation.

Deception is a critical component of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Its appears most significantly in Claudius concealing murder and Hamlet …
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An introduction to the many instances of deception in Hamlet.

The only information given is from the characters themselves; thus, resulting in numerous amounts of false appearances.
This play shows that every character that lies, is ultimately punished by their unfortunate deaths.
Hamlet lied frequently throughout the play, which prolonged his primary goal of seeking revenge and also causes his death.
Claudius lies to everyone in the state of Denmark.
Polonius' selfish act of using others to his own advantage led to his own treacherous death.
Hamlet, Ophelia, Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius, Laertes, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern all die before the end of the play due to their lies.
In Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" lies and deceit can be linked to the downfall of every major character in the play; these elements are still presented in today's people and society.
Deception can be found throughout the entire play
Laetes works with Claudius to kill Hamlet, when Claudius is just using Laertes as a puppet.
Hamlet's reluctance to murder Claudius results in self-deception several times throughout the play.
Deception can still be found in today's society
Our president, Obama, has many traits that are much like Hamlet.
Obama cannot decide to launch strikes against Syria, much like Hamlet cannot decide if he should kill Claudius in his soliloquies.
Obama, in a speech given in front of many Americans, shows his indecisiveness.

Some would argue that Obama is nothing like Hamlet
They would say that Hamlet is different because a ghost is telling him to kill a human being, which would cause any rational person to stop and think.
However, this is false.

Deception is a recurring theme in Hamlet. In a tale of murder, love, and politics, deception could have no more fitting place. The lies and pretensions
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For someone who hates deception, Hamlet sure finds himself coming up with a lot of lies. Hamlet depicts a seamy political world, where deception is a necessary part of life and rules the day. In other words, it's a lot like our world—and like pretty much every political court or congress in history. No wonder directors seem to think it's infinitely adaptable: lies and deceit aren't limited to one time or place.

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