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glance, Hamlet appears knowledgeable; but in fact, he is a lost child who is seeking attention. The father?s death and the mother?s hasty remarriage have turned Hamlet?s world completely upside down, ?an unweeded garden / That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature / Possess it merely? (Act I, Sc.2, 135-137). Furthermore, Hamlet?s soliloquy ?To be, or not to be, that is the question?? (Act III, Sc.1, 56) depicts his confuse state of mind in time of crisis. As a result, the defensive mechanism of madness portrayed by Hamlet has enabled him to attain his objective. He receives overwhelming attention from Claudius, Polonous, Gertrude, Ophelia, Horatio, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern. By hiding his true identity, Hamlet is able to outsmart the devilish King Claudius who

believes that Hamlet has feign madness caused by Ophelia?s rejection of his love. In essence, Hamlet is seen as an ingenious, persuasive, crafty individual, who is able to devise a well-orchestrated plan in determining Claudius? reaction in the play within the play. The plan of Hamlet is flawless as gold, he is able to persuade the players in The Murder of Gonzago to reenact his father?s death. The plan of the ?mouse-trap? scene in The Murder of Gonzago is used to entrap Claudius; Hamlet observes his uncle?s expression as sign of substantial proof indicating his guilt. The climactic scene of the play within the play illustrates the success of Hamlet?s defensive mechanism using madness as a means to ?catch the conscience of the king? (Act II, Sc.2, 617). Contrary to Hamlet?s

disguise with madness, Claudius conceals the murder he has committed by appearing as an admirable king who is honest and honorable. Just as a chameleon defensively camouflages itself to suit the encompassing environment from its enemy, Claudius also alters his external appearance by defensively camouflaging himself as a king who is willing to do what is best for the nation. But in reality, he only cares for his own well being. Claudius, the antagonist of the play, is a man of action and is seen as the total opposite of what he really is. In order to remain in power, Claudius will even sacrifice the morals and values, which are bestowed and upheld by a true king. The statement ?Something is rotten in the state of Denmark? (Act I, Sc.4, 90) exemplifies the corruption within the

political hierarchy in Denmark. The disorder and tension in the state of Denmark could be reflected as the mirrored image of disorder and tension in the royal family. Claudius pretends to be a man of integrity, he appears to be kind and caring. However, this characteristic behavior demonstrated by Claudius is just a facade in defensively securing his well being as a noble king. The current king of Denmark acts defensively because he fears the possibility of jeopardizing his crown as the head of state. The fact of the matter is that behind the curtain Claudius is truly cold, cunning, and calculating; Claudius is cruel and ruthless in the pursuit for power. ?O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power / So to seduce!? (Act I, Sc.5, 44-45); Claudius is a two-faced individual, and

because of this, he is able to diabolically manipulate the system for his own benefit. Like a lizard roaming through the deep hot desert searching for food, Claudius appears to be roaming through Denmark in search of obstacles (i.e. Hamlet?s madness for revenge) that would endanger his ?incestuous? marriage with Queen Gertrude, and threaten his divine right as ruler of Denmark. As the drama develops and the plot thickens, Claudius often requires assistance in gathering information about Hamlet?s well being. Subsequently, the man responsible for Claudius? knowledge about Hamlet is Polonius. The royal adviser to the king devotes his time and loyalty towards serving King Claudius and Queen Gertrude. All throughout the play, Polonius disguises himself ?as of a man faithful and

honorable? (Act II, Sc.2, 130). When in reality, he is similar to that of the chameleon previously mentioned. The appearance of Polonius is deceiving, he is capable of defensively camouflaging his outside appearance as a trustworthy right-hand man of the king; but in actuality, behind the fabricated mask he is sly and conniving. ?And borrowing dulleth edge of husbandry. / This above all, to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man? (Act I, Sc. 3, 77-80). For instance, in Act II, Sc.1, Polonius sent spies to Paris to watch over his son, Laertes. Polonius eluded that the spies were sent to Paris to make sure his son was behaving appropriately, ?inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris, / And how, and who, what