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What would be 2 significances in this quote Act1, scene2 l.76: "seems, madam! nay, it...
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The first meaning would be literal: Hamlet is objecting to his mother saying that he appears to be upset, and is insisting that he is.
The second meaning depends on the line following: it is a pun. He says it isn't his "inky cloak" that makes him look that way—it isn't just the "seams" of his mourning clothes that make him seem upset (not just how he is dressed). It is how he is: the man, not just the clothes.
Posted by gbeatty on April 1, 2007 at 9:41 PM (Answer #1)
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this gets to a central issue (and question) in the play:
illusion vs. reality
later on does hamlet SEEM to be crazy, as he tells horatio he will be putting on an "antic disposition" shortly after this passage (which is illusion). or IS hamlet actually crazy? (reality)
Posted by dedalus on April 2, 2007 at 6:26 AM (Answer #2)
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