Show how spying is important in the play Hamlet.

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In Hamlet there is, indeed, a huge amount of spying going on. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are tasked with spying on Hamlet for Claudius and Gertrude. Polonius has Reynaldo check on Laertes. Claudius and Polonius set up the encounter between Hamlet and Ophelia in order to spy on them. Polonius spies on Hamlet (with fatal results for himself) when Hamlet is with his mother. The Ghost can be said to spy on Hamlet, intervening and telling him to leave his mother alone. In the previous scene, Hamlet spies on Claudius as Claudius is praying, with the intent to kill him. As Ophelia’s funeral is taking place, Hamlet and Horatio are, in effect, spying on the mourners before Hamlet steps forward and challenges Laertes.

The significance of this pattern is that, basically, nobody trusts anyone else at court. They are all at each others’s throats with secrets of their own and hidden agendas, guilt, and repressed anger. Claudius, with murder on his hands, is the worst. He knows Hamlet is on to him and therefore...

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