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by William Shakespeare

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Can you explain the presence of simulation and dissimulation in Hamlet?

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Simulation and dissimulation are two excellent themes within this complex Shakespearean tragedy.

simulation: imitation or enactment, as of something anticipated or in testing; the act or process of pretending; feigning. (Random House Dictionary)

What is interesting about Hamlet is the way that drama itself is such a key theme; other characters simulating, or pretending to be, particular people. The Players are key characters, and Hamlet at one stage delivers lines specifically to them in order to give them instructions on how to simulate effectively:

Hamlet: Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you--trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the...

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