A major theme of Hamlet is play acting

A major theme of Hamlet is play acting – that is, a person assuming the appearance and gestures that are unrelated to their true conscience. Take a look back at Hamlet’s speech to his mother in Act I, sc. ii., lines 76-86. Here Hamlet chides Gertrude for thinking that he only seems to be mourning his father by continuing to wear black and sob: “For they are but actions that a man might play,/ But I have that within which passes show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe.”
For this blog, you will post on a moment in the play where a character attempts to play act. What is the new role that they are taking on? What is their motivation for doing so?


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