Deception / Appearance and Reality Hamlet has been called a “claustrophobic” play because of the ways the different characters spy on one another, but “spying” is only one form of deception in the play. There is also Claudius, the incestuous fratricide, playing the part of the good king, and Hamlet himself decides to “put an antic disposition on” (1.5.189). In a way, it is Hamlet’s job to see through all of this deception and to discover the truth, although, to discover the truth, Hamlet himself must use deception. What point is Shakespeare trying to make by introducing all of the deception, lying, and false appearances into his play? MLA guidelines, five pages minimum