Painted Women: Annunciation Motifs in Hamlet
In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:
When Polonius and Claudius "loose" Ophelia to Hamlet early in act 3, they set the stage with a prop which visually and verbally suggests the iconography of the Annunciation:
Read on this book,
That show of such an exercise may color
Your [loneliness]. We are oft to blame in this -
Tis too much prov'd-that with devotion's visage
And pious action we do sugar o'er
The devil himself. (3.1.44-48)1
Hassel, R. Chris Jr.
"Painted Women: Annunciation Motifs in Hamlet,"
Comparative Drama: Vol. 32:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/compdr/vol32/iss1/4