Putting on a Show
Here are lines from the play, Scene by Scene, to evince the existence of the Putting on a Show Theme, and also to reveal its significance. Quite a bit more than this, on the "show" Theme, can be found by looking for allusions more subtle and implicit.
Scene 1#01-002 Francisco: Nay, answer me! Stand and unfold yourself! - unfold = reveal = or in the most general term, show. The very first demand that any character makes in the play is that he wants a "show."
With tongue only slightly in cheek, it is possible to read the first two lines of Hamlet as:
Bernardo: Who's there?
Francisco: I demand a show!
Scene 1#01-039 Horatio: Well, sit we down, - as I explain in the regular Notes, in this passage Horatio "puts on a show" of being "the king." Horatio is the first character in the play who "acts," as 'twere.
Scene 1#01-045-SD (the Ghost enters) - it's a continuing question what sort of "show" the Ghost is.
Scene 1#01-079 Marcellus: Good, now sit down, and tell me, he that knows: - as I explain in the regular Notes, Marcellus "puts on a show" here to get back a little at Horatio.
Scene 1#01-133 And prologue to the omen coming on, - the show term "prologue" occurs in the course of Horatio talking about the big show of supernatural events before the death of Julius Caesar. The line following this one contains the word "demonstrated" which means "shown."
Scene 1#01-155 To offer it the show of violence; - the word "show" expressly used, and aptly so.
Scene 7#022 To show us so much gentry and good will
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