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" I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil : and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, — As he is very potent with such spirits, — Abuses me to damn me: I'll have... "
Hamlet, and As You Like it: A Specimen of a New Edition of Shakespeare - Page 64
by William Shakespeare - 1819 - 466 pages
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Shakespeare's Books: A Dictionary of Shakespeare Sources

Stuart Gillespie - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 528 pages
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The Construction of Tragedy: Hubris

Mary Anneeta Mann - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 228 pages
...villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain! O. vengeance! This is soon followed by: The spirit that I have seen May be the devil; and...assume a pleasing shape; yea. and perhaps Out of my weakliest- and my melancholy. . . . Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this....
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Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage

Gail Kern Paster - Literary Criticism - 2010 - 288 pages
...emotional inconstancy: The spirit that I have seen May be a [dev'l], and the [dev'l] hath power T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness...very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. (2.2.598-603) Hamlet sees himself here as too open and vulnerable to influences brought in and through...
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The Construction of Tragedy: Hubris

Mary Anneeta Mann - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 228 pages
...villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, landless villain! O. vengeance! This is soon followed by: The spirit that I have seen May be the devil; and...assume a pleasing shape; yea. and perhaps Out of my weakliest- and my melancholy. . . . Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this....
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Jay Greenblatt - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 430 pages
...way to uncertainty: The spirit that I have seen May be the devil, and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness...potent with such spirits — Abuses me to damn me. (2.2.575-80) Such thoughts lead to a cycle of delay, self-reproach, continued failure to act, and renewed...
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The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England

Douglas Trevor - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 252 pages
...possession, one that renders him acutely vulnerable to demonic forces: "the devil hath power / T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps, / Out of my weakness...very potent with such spirits, / Abuses me to damn me."1 19 Hamlet marks, if not the first, then the most enduring representation of a depressed intellectual...
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Die englischen Komödianten in Deutschland: eine Einführung in die Ursprünge ...

Ralf Haekel - Actors - 2004 - 347 pages
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Hesitant Heroes: Private Inhibition, Cultural Crisis

Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature Theodore Ziolkowski, Theodore Ziolkowski - Social Science - 2004 - 163 pages
...parallels the circumstances of the murder as recounted by his father's ghost. He still worries that 'The spirit that I have seen / May be the devil: and...the devil hath power / To assume a pleasing shape." Indeed, the devil may have exploited Hamlet's own emotions, "my weakness and my melancholy," to mislead,...
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An Invisible Country

Stephan Wackwitz - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 254 pages
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