Hamlet Rhetorical Analysis

726 Words3 Pages
Consecutive misconceptions cause a fallacious interpretation of reality, broadcasted by the power of words, Hamlet’s greatest strength and weakness, which cause unpleasant tribulations to each character in the play. While Hamlet possessed an ear (and mind) that had the ability to filter fabrications, other characters appeared to be less fortunate in determining what seems to be and what is. One of the most interesting things in Hamlet is that every figure is predestined. The first individual we happen upon that is the first to perish, is King Hamlet, who was envenomed via his ear by his brother, Claudius. The ghost, having Claudius’s erosive and unethical ways in mind, vocalizes how these qualities will be undesirably executed in Denmark. “A serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark…rankly abused…the serpent that did sting thy…show more content…
He then goes on to say “I loved you not” (III.I.129.) meaning that Ophelia’s beauty caused him to lie, and not be realistic. Although Hamlet did in fact love Ophelia, he’s attempting to argue that when he said he loved her, it was really her beauty that was cheating his honesty. In this case, appearance conquered reality. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, what “seems” isn’t always the same as being. The theme of Appearance vs. Reality is set when the ignorant Gertrude questions Hamlet, “Why seems it so particular with thee?” (I.II.78.) And Hamlet’s response is, “’Seems,’ madam? Nay, it is. I know not ‘seems’…” (I.II.79.) Which is Hamlet’s true deposition of his current

More about Hamlet Rhetorical Analysis

Open Document