White Collar: The Dangers of Assumptions

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Today, I read Hamlet and left off on what seems to be an important junction in the play. Hamlet had just seen his father’s ghost and was emotionally rattled. In this state, he went to Ophelia, half naked, in search of comfort. However, he swore secrecy of the encounter with the ghost so he was unable to actually tell Ophelia. This created a huge misunderstanding as Ophelia thought that Hamlet was sexually attracted to her and this seems as if it would play a huge role in future events.

Throughout this short scene, I remembered the season 4 finale of White Collar where Peter had “allegedly” killed the senator in the empire state building.

The goal was to get the evidence box stashed in the Empire state building. It was a race between Neal and the Senator for this evidence that could potentially excuse Neal’s father of his past crime. However, things got crazy and the episode ended with the murder of the Senator. However, it wasn’t Peter who killed the Senator.

Neal’s father was the real culprit. He shot the senator and quickly fled the scene. Peter, instinctively grabbed the gun and checked the senator’s pulse when the others came in and quickly assumed that Peter had been the shooter due to the evidence.


In both of these situations, there is dramatic irony in which the audience knows the truth. However, all of the evidence goes against the truth and has the other characters thinking differently. The conclusion in both cases seems quite obvious to the others.

This leaves the audience thinking twice about assuming. Assuming and jumping to conclusions can be dangerous. It can ruin relationships and possibly even lives. However, making assumptions is inevitable. There are always going to be impressions left for every actions. In both of these cases it seems difficult to clear these characters’ names.


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