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    The Theme of Trust

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if you'd mind answering a question...

    How is the theme "trust" explored in Hamlet?

    thanks!
    lucylucy

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucylucy View Post
    Hi there,
    I was wondering if you'd mind answering a question...

    How is the theme "trust" explored in Hamlet?

    thanks!
    lucylucy
    Well, the first thing that comes to mind is the relationship between Ophelia and Hamlet. Look at his letter (Doubt... not my love) and the advice her father and brother give her (hold it a fashion and a toy in blood... no more but so... etc). She chooses to Obey her father rather than Trust her 'lover'. So there's mistrust rather than trust...

    But there are millions of other fascinating references: Hamlet's blind trust of teh word of the Ghost simply because it says exactly what he wants to hear, the implicit and eventually explicit trustworthiness of Hamlet's and Horatio's relationship, the mistrust Polonios has that Gertrude will be able to 'be round' with her son ... and so on and so forth.

    You should do an essay on communication or the lack thereof in this play it would tie up smacktastically

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