Betrayal, The Only Truth That Sticks

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Hamlet demonstrates the betrayal between family, friends, and lovers. Trust becomes a very invisible in this tragic story. Those who say keep friends close, but enemies closer should watch out for family members.
In Hamlet power becomes more important than family, which causes betrayal between two brothers. Claudius storms up this clever idea to gain the power he desperately craves, so he decides to poison his own brother. “Ghost: …Now, Hamlet, hear: ’Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard, a serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Denmark is by a forged process of my death rankly abus’d: but know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” ...view middle of the document...

Claudius betrays his disheartened stepson by poisoning him just like he did to his brother. The king commands Laertes to stab Hamlet with a sword that has poison on the tip of it which will cause him to die a dreadful death. Claudius premeditation happens because he went to great measures to become king and he does not want his stepson to blurt out his despicable secret about killing his brother to everyone and get him overthrown. The king enjoys the power and responsibility the role of king has to offer and how his followers look fondly to him. Unfortunately Claudius could not control his aggression and winds up betraying the people closest to him in the end.
In Hamlet, the young prince himself gets betrayed by people supposedly closest to him. Polonius commands his daughter, Ophelia to meet up with Hamlet to seek the truth about his feelings. “King Claudius: Sweet Gertrude, leave us too, for we have closely sent for Hamlet hither, that he, as ’twere by accident, may here affront Ophelia. Her father and myself (lawful espials) will so bestow ourselves that, seeing unseen, we may of their encounter frankly judge, and gather by him, as he is behaved, if ’t be the affliction of his love or no that thus he suffers for.” (Yagan). Polonius betrays Hamlet by ordering Ophelia to accidently meet him while Claudius and Polonius hide to ease drop on their conversation. Polonius wants to find out if Hamlet truly loves his daughter because he suspects Hamlet uses girls for sex and Polonius does not appreciate that. Clearly Polonius did not think his plan through and turns out to betray young Hamlet.
Later in Hamlet Rosencrantz and Guildenstern betray young Hamlet. They both try to convince the young prince to relieve his secret. “Rosencrantz: Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? You do, surely, bar the door upon your own liberty if you deny your griefs to
your friend. Hamlet: …O, the recorders: — let me see one. — to withdraw with you: — why do
you go about to recover the wind of me, as if you would drive me into a toil?”(Hillegass). They wind up betraying Hamlet because they wanted to know why his depression spiraled out of control. When Hamlet finds...

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