Hamlet Truth Essay

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The play illuminates how difficult it is to search for truth in an ambiguous world Within Hamlet, each character uses language in different ways to create their own sense of truth and to manipulate those around them to believing their truth. It is in this that Hamlet realises that language can be broken down to show that in fact it is meaningless, and is used to put on a façade. The character of Horatio uses language to tell stories, and is often used to provide the objective truth in the play as he appears very sure of his interpretations, however this can be contrasted by Hamlet who speaks in riddles and puns to show the degradation of language. Claudius, as a Machiavellian leader, manipulates language to seem trustworthy to the other characters. Young Hamlet breaks down language to show that it cannot be trusted for the objective truth. His first line in the play is a pun “a little more than kin and less than kind” in which he plays on the words “kin” and “kind”, showing the similarity between the two yet their disparate meaning. Hamlet’s relationship with language at the beginning of the play shows that he believes it is meaningless as seen in “Nor windy suspiration of forced breath”. This highlights his belief that words and speaking are nothing but a sigh, and convey no truth within them as language is often used to as a façade. In Act 1 and 2, Hamlet’s relationship with language show that he is unable to see the truth in language and finds that words are often untrustworthy. Hamlet can be contrasted to Horatio who, in the play, is viewed as a teller of absolute truth and is very trustworthy. In Act 1 Scene 1, Horatio is chosen to speak to the ghost as seen in the repetition “Stay! Speak, speak, I charge thee speak!” which therefore from the beginning of the play is viewed to be reliable and truthful. As well as this, Horatio is often the storyteller as
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