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The Purpose of Playing: Holding a Mirror up to Nature
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For any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.
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FORTUNE vs. VIRTUE, with Mirror
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HAMLET The play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of The king. (2.2.631-33; p. 119) CLAUDIUS: How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience! (3.1.56) HAMLET to GERTRUDE: You go not
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EKPHRASIS SHIELD OF ACHILLES Description of a work of art within another work of art, usually a visual work of art within a literary one.
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Aeneas, entering the gate to the underworld, and at the Cave of Sibyl (Book 6 of Virgil’s Aeneid ) “The maze none could untangle, until, he, Daedalus himself, unraveled all the baffling turns and deadends in the dark, guiding the blind way back by a skein unwound.”
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For, lo! his sword, Which was declining on the milky
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