Artifice in Hamlet

Hamlet’s response to Horatio’s lies ‘Do not do my ear that violence’
If the world has ‘grown honest’ (R) then it is ‘doomsday’ (H)
References to the artifice of theatre: self-aware: ‘majestical roof fretted with golden fire […] this most excellent canopy of the air’ (Globe), is nothing but ‘foul and pestilent congregation of vapours’
The word ‘seems’ – ‘Seems,’ madam? Nay it is. I know not ‘seems.’ (H)- ‘my most seeming-virtuous queen.’ (Gh)
Hamlet on fake mourning – ‘Nor customary suits of solemn black,Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,No, nor the fruitful river in the eye.’- ‘The trappings and the suits of woe.’
Hamlet on artifice like acting in a play (fake mourning) ‘For they are actions that a man might play’
Polonius ironic advice on truth ‘This above all: to thine own self be true’
Ghost on Claudius fooling others with his words ‘With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts—O wicked wit and gifts.’
Smiling villain in Denmark “That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.At least I’m sure it may be so in Denmark.”
Polonius spying on Laertes Asks Reynaldo to plant rumors ‘slight sullies on my son’ to find out if there’s truth in them.
Polonius using Ophelia to spy on Hamlet ‘At such a time I’ll loose my daughter to him.[To the King.] Be you and I behind an arras then.’
Hamlet know’s R and G were sent for ‘there is a kind of confession in your lookswhich your modesties have not craft enough to color.’
Claudius compares his speech/actions to makeup – ‘The harlot’s cheek beautied with plast’ring art.’- ‘My most painted word’
Ophelia has to lie to Hamlet HAMLET[…] Where’s your father?OPHELIAAt home, my lord.
Hamlet on R and G trying to play him ‘Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?’
Laertes on the cause of his death ‘I am justly killed with mine own treachery.’

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