A play within a play unfolds onstage in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" — the Bard's quintessential work on human phoniness and the difficulty of separating appearances from reality.
Hamlet stages the play to trap his mother, queen Gertrude, and her new husband, King Claudius of Denmark, whom Hamlet suspects of having murdered his father, Old Hamlet, despite the crown's official proclamation of death by snakebite.
Indeed, both the character king and Old Hamlet had poison poured into their ears while they napped in their gardens. King Claudius stormed out of the play, confirming Hamlet's suspicion. Queen Gertrude merely commented that the character queen, "lady protests too much, methinks," telling the audience that the guilty complain in hyperbole, causing observant and objective minds to think them culpable.
Southwest High School's government instructor, Scott Fullerton, wrote in "A Reader Writes," about his seventh period class having poison — propaganda's venom of cultural bias and politics of division spewing from La Raza and the Southwest Voter Registration Project — poured into their teenage ears by the student body president of Calexico's San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus. One strong-minded and independent thinking Hispanic lady high school student objected to the hoax.