Horatio's Spying In Hamlet

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Hamlet Essay Shakespeare uses many different scenarios to set the mood and feel of the play. He uses spying in Hamlet to control how Hamlet changes his personality and thoughts towards others because of spying. For example when Hamlet tells Horatio “thou art e’en as just a man as e’er my conversation coped withal” (III.ii.56-57). This shows how Hamlet is grateful and truly likes his best friend Horatio for not spying on him. Although Hamlet’s thoughts and moods only got better with Horatio for other characters such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Ophelia, and for Polonius and Gertrude, Hamlet’s mood and thoughts were drastically changed due to their spying. For Rosencrantz and Guildenstern they may be seen as receiving the worst…show more content…
She spied on Hamlet through requirement of her father and also she only spied on him to figure out information that pertained to her. She first began spying on Hamlet during Act III while her father Polonious and the King hide behind a curtain. They requested that she find out whether Hamlet truly loved her or not. After she began talking to Hamlet, he humiliates her by replying to her statement with “you should not have believed me, for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I love you not” (III.i.127-129). This can be comprehended in many different ways because Hamlet could just be acting still because that was a decision he made to try and fool everyone, or could have been the truth. Although Hamlet never truly knows that Ophelia spies on him, Shakespeare may just have not said that he knows but actually wanted it to be inferred. It could be inferred due to the answer and the attitude that Hamlet shows towards Ophelia and the connection between this incident and later on with Gertrude when both times their was someone hiding behind the curtains and both times Hamlet showed disrespect and brutal nature towards women. Finally other characters that spied on Hamlet through out the story was Polonious and

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