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July 17, 2011 Allusion | Literal meaning | How it develops theme | Sources | I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant (III,ii,14) | In this quote, Hamlet says that he would have whipped whoever was playing the role in the play, if they overdid their part. A “termagant”, is a deity often worshipped by Muslims, who was described as violent, overbearing personage in long robes. (dictionary.com)Everything must go exactly to plan of his father’s murder reenactment, hence why Hamlet is being so strict towards the actors. | This quote really shows how mentally insane Hamlet is going. If he threatens to whip actors for doing their job and over exaggerating a little, then perhaps this develops the theme of “mental issues”, which Hamlet seems to be carrying, and they seem to be getting worse and worse according to the passage. Throughout the play, his mental condition seems to be worsening, or he is doing a better job at pretending, either way, he seems more insane than ever. | "t”termagant." Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 17 Jul. 2014. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/termagant>. | It out herods Herod (III,ii,14) | This allusion is from the bible, and specifically King Herod. King Herod was a ruthless king, who did anything and everything he could to get what he wanted, so this passage is alluding to, if the actor screws up, he would have out did King Herod, and that is not easy to achieve, as he was just a terrible person overall, and almost nothing is worse than what he did. (Henson) King Herod was the one that wanted Jesus killed, because he had heard he was “the King of the Jews”, and to want to kill a baby, that is not right at all. If an actor messed up, it would be a scary thing to face the wrath of a psychopath by the name of Hamlet. | This quote can develop the theme by…...

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