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Betrayal In Hamlet Prince Of Denmark

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There's a sort of rage a man feels when he's been deceived where he most trusted. It compares to no other anger. - Orson Scott Card. Betrayal is an act of disloyalty, treachery, violating trust, or breaching confidence. Betrayal is a reoccurring theme in the tragic Shakespeare play, Hamlet. Many of the characters deceive one another as well as deny their own feelings, betraying themselves. The secrecy and dishonesty of the characters show that the actions of humans do not always relate to their appearances in society. Hamlet by William Shakespeare was said to have been inspired by the death of Shakespeare’s only son Hamnet. Shakespeare often wondered if God had betrayed him. Hamlet ...view middle of the document...

Betrayal of love by women is shown by Queen Elizabeth
In the play within a play, Hamlet decides to put on the play The Murder of Gonzago, change a few things and call it The Mousetrap. He does this so his uncle can essentially incriminate himself. While people can betray others with their actions and words, they can also betray themselves with their emotions, behaviors, and body language. As seen in Hamlet, when Claudius sees the reenactment of the crime he has committed he gets scared and betrays his thoughts and emotions. He gets so scared; he stands up and orders the play to be stopped and the lights to be turned on. When Hamlet asks if the play hit something that it wasn’t meant to and Claudius just leaves. In a matter of moments Claudius has given himself away without even speaking. In the same way Claudius gives himself away without speaking you can figure out what people are thinking simply from their body language. For example when some people lie they do little things that they don’t notice they are doing such as stiff physical movement, fidgeting, and even constant blinking. In fact, many modern forms of body language started in the Elizabethan Era. People were not allowed to say what they meant in a blunt manner so subconsciously their bodies did it for them. For example Queen Elizabeth I was very fond of one of her courtiers, Robert Dudley even though she was aware he was married. They would not openly flirt with each...

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