Hamlet is a play in which nothing can be taken at face value: appeara...

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Hamlet is a play in which nothing can be taken at face value: appearances are frequently deceptive, and many characters engage in play-acting, spying and pretense. What deliberate attempts are made at deception? To what extent are they successful?

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They aren't successful, as is the case in the common "Hiding in Listening" act that occurs throughout the play. Two examples are when Polonius hides behind the arras to listen, only to be killed by Hamlet, and when Ophelia lies to Hamlet that her father is at home, when he is really hiding near them.