Hamlet: Appearance V.S. Reality

Act 1 Scene 2 In this passage, Shakespeare describes how one may separate appearance and reality intentionally in order to maintain one’s honor or live up to social expectations while Hamlet argues against this idea describing reality as absolute and his appearance is simply a reflection of reality.
Act 1 Scene 3 In this passage, it is argued that appearance is more important than reality because appearances based off of perception and appearance has the ability to “cover” reality to the point where it is irrelevant..
Act 2 Scene 2 is reality based solely on perception? In this passage Hamlet argues that we have the power to decide what reality we live in based on our thoughts and sense of the world.
Act 2 Scene 2 throughout the play, it is clouded with deceit and inconsistencies between appearance and reality, In this passage, Hamlet describes the Rarity of an honest man – one who consistently matches appearance to reality.
Act 2 Scene 2 (soliloquy) how do we know something is true? Is there an absolute reality and how can you prove it? Hamlet believes that our reason is not enough to declare something a reality we must have external proof.
Act 3 Scene 3 How to we know something is true? In this passage we see how making decisions solely off of appearance may lead to a complete downfall of a character. We cannot fully trust our visual senses to give us a sense of reality.
Act 3 Scene 4 In this passage the reader begins to question whether the appearance of the ghost correlates with reality of its presence. There are essentially two main questions: is the ghost really there? Why can’t Gertrude see the ghost?
Act 4 Scene 2 In this passage, Shakespeare describes how one may separate appearance and reality intentionally in order to maintain one’s honor or live up to gender/social expectations.
Act 5 Scene 1 death is the only true and absolute reality.
Act 5 Scene 2 social expectations in Courage the separation of appearance and reality to the point that when they coincide it is a problem.

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