Hamlet A Common Allusion: "O villain, villain, smiling, damned villian! / ... / That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain."

William Shakespeare

A Common Allusion: "O villain, villain, smiling, damned villian! / ... / That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain."

Although one of the lesser-used allusions to Shakespeare's Hamlet, this quote also needs to go on the list of indirect references found in other works of literature.  After the ghost appears to Hamlet and reveals his father's murder, Hamlet becomes even further disgusted by the actions of his mother, Gertrude the Queen.  Even though the ghost instructs Hamlet to leave his mother "to heaven" by letting her create her own downfall through her own guilty conscience, Hamlet is obviously overwhelmed here by negative feelings towards his mom.