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In Hamlet Act II Scene 2 what is the source of the line "the devil hath powerTo assume...

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM via web

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In Hamlet Act II Scene 2 what is the source of the line "the devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape?"

Could it be 2 Corinthians 11:14

"... for Satan him self is transformed into an Angel of light."

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Your question has already been answered. Please see the link below.

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 4, 2012 at 3:45 AM (Answer #4)

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I don't know why I didn't know that this question had been answered. I must apologize for being so long in responding.

Also, I didn't understand that "the devil" in the line referred to the ghost. I thought it referred to Claudius. I can see that it might refer to the Ghost, but the Ghost does not have a pleasing shape.  Claudius has the pleasing shape.

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