What are specific examples from Hamlet that would help me with an essay on the motif of acting as a whole?
Of course, the obvious connection between the “motif” of acting and Hamlet is the instructions to the players (III, ii), often cited for its double meaning, a part of the play’s development and an admonishment to Shakespeare’s own actor contemporaries (“nor do not mouth your words”, “I ‘d as lief the town crier spoke my lines”, etc.), and the play within a play (a popular device in many of Shakespeare’s plays). Subtler and more...
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