In Hamlet, Denmark is a prison and a police state full of spies. The King and Prince vow revenge against each other, and en entire family gets caught in the crossfire. The Prince only appears to be mad, but his girlfriend really is. There is one true friend of the Prince (Horatio), fake friends (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern), and friendly players and clowns who tell the truth in riddles. In sum, no one is who he appears to be. Or not to be.
Some choice lines that deal with deception:
Hamlet tells R & G:
Hamlet tells Ophelia, "I loved you not." Ophelia responds:
Hamlet writes to Ophelia:
And the Player Queen says:
- Hamlet deceives all by appearing to be mad, even the Ghost. The Prince was instructed to leave Gertrude to heaven, but he still threatens violence against his mother.
- Claudius deceives all, except Hamlet. His behavior at the Mousetrap is a confession brought on by art. "The play's the thing to catch the conscience of the king."
- Polonius deceives his family by using them as pawns for spying.
- Gertrude is deceived all men, even Hamlet. She thinks he's crazy.
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are deceived by Hamlet. The Prince switches the letter of execution, and they die instead.
- Ophelia is deceived by all men, especially Hamlet, who misdirects his anger toward his mother onto her in the "get thee to a nunnery speech."
- The Ghost deceives Hamlet for a while. The Prince cannot tell if he is a demon or a soul trapped in Purgatory.
IN THIS INTERESTING NOVEL BY HAMLET, HAMLET"S UNCLE "CLADIUS" TRIES TO DECEIVE HAMLET SINCE HE HAS GOTTEN HAMLET"S MOTHER"S HEART "QUEEN GERTRUDE". WHILE GERTRUDE UNAWARE OF CLADIUS PLAN AND CONFUSED SUPPORTS CLADIUS AND TRIES TO DECEIVE HAMLET BUT DID NOT SUCCSSED.