Andrews, Michael Cameron. “‘Foul Play’ in Hamlet.” Hamlet Studies 16, nos. 1 and 2 (summer and winter 1994): 75-82.
Connects Hamlet's lines at the close of Act I, scene ii alluding to “foul play” with his soliloquy earlier in this scene: “O that this too too sallied flesh would melt.” Emphasizing the Renaissance connotation of “foul play” as adulterous sex, Andrews posits that even after the ghost has appeared to him, Hamlet is more appalled by his mother's sexual misconduct than by Claudius's murder of his father.
Booth, Stephen. “Close Reading without Readings.” In Shakespeare Reread: The Texts in...
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