Claudius is perhaps the most deceptive character in Hamlet.
In the beginning of the play, he says, Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe, Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature That we with wisest sorrow think on him Together with remembrance of ourselves.
Thus, from the beginning, Shakespeare presents the air of uncertainty, of the unnatural, which drives the action of the play and develops in the protagonist as a struggle to clarify what only seems to be absolute and what is actually reality.
Hamlet's mind, therefore, becomes the central force of the play, choosing the direction of the conflict by his decisions regarding his revenge and defining the outcome....
Polonius is a prime example of one who deceives, which ends in their downfall.
In Act 2 Scene 2, Polonius has a discussion with Claudius, where they say "What do you think of me?It is interesting to wonder what, in fact, is real or what makes up a reality.While people take different stances on whether or not an illusion makes a reality, like Einstein said, every reality is an illusion.[tags: Literary Review] - In Andrew and Larry Wachowski’s 1999 film, The Matrix, and Plato’s Republic, “On Shadows and Realities,? The Wachowski brothers allows the viewer to see how reality and illusion can be mistaken for the other, using a number of contrasting ideas found in Plato's analogy of the Cave, showing that at times the dream world can be safer than real life.The matrix is a simulation that creates an imaginary world where people are prisoners from reality, much like Plato's mythological The Cave....[tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet] - A Thin Line Between Illusion and Reality Illusions and reality are vital elements in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby because the novel focuses on an idealistic world that holds the main character, Jay Gatsby, captive.One of its most important themes deals with the contrast between reality and illusion.The aim of this essay is to examine how this contrast is reflected in the way the main character constructs her identity.However, this leads to their demise as Hamlet finds the letter and replaces it with one that says to execute the holders of the letter instead.These two courtiers' lies and deception is what caused them to meet their end in England.