Hamlet Quotes – Appearance vs Reality

Hamlet on the deceit of villainy ‘One may smile, and smile, and be a villain’
Claudius on makeup on harlots ‘The harlot’s cheek beautied with plastering art’
Beauty’s power can more easily change honesty into a brothel keeper than the power of honesty can change a beauty into honesty’s likeness ‘For the power of Beauty will sooner/transform Honesty from what it is to a bawd than the/force of honesty can translate Beauty into his likeness’
The deception of women through makeup ‘God hath given you one face and you make yourselves/another’
Hamlet sees through R+G into the reason (not in detail however) of their visitation ‘I know the good King and Queen have sent for you’
Hamlet muses over the purpose of acting ‘The purpose of playing…/was and is to hold as ’twere/the mirror up to Nature…’
Asking Horatio to observe Claudius with the intention of comparing their observations afterwards. Obsessing over the king’s ‘seeming’ – constantly aware of Claudius’s pretence ‘we will both our judgements join/In censure of his seeming’
Ophelia to Hamlet after he tells her he never loved her ‘I was the more deceived’
After Gertrude tells Hamlet how upset he ‘seems’ about his father’s death ”Seems’, madam – nay it is, I know not ‘seems”

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