Lies, deceit and treachery in Hamlet

Hamlet accuses Gertrude of faking remorse over his father’s death Seems madam! Nay it is; I know not seems
More faking Customary suits of solemn black
Yet more faking Forced breath
Acting and faking! For they are actions that a man might play
Repetition, sinister juxtaposition of smiling and damned O villain, villain smiling damned villain
Repetition emphasises his obsession That one may smile and smile and be a villain/ At least I’m sure it may be so in Denmark
alliteration of slight sullies shows that Polonius doesn’t think this is a big deal you laying these slight sullies on my son
long list of what’s acceptable for Laertes, contrast with Ophelia gaming, drinking, fencing, swearing, quarrelling, drabbing
Language of commerce. Vindice has a general distrust of women. We must coin/ Women are apt, you know, to take false money
Emphasises the topsy turvy nature of justice in RT Who would not lie, when men are hanged for truth?
Polonius-by disguising Ophelia with a prayer book, they are hiding the evil they are committing With devotion’s visage/ And pious action, we do sugar o’er/ The devil himself
Hamlet is mocking Polonius for being a yes-man By the mass, and tis like a camel indeed…It is backed like a weasel…very like a whale
Laertes redeems himself before death I am justly killed by mine own treachery
Vindice has a fundamental distrust of women their sex is easy in belief
According to Vindice it’s impossible to be honest if you live in this world To be honest is not to be i’ th’ world
Vindice’s disguise I’ll quickly turn into another

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