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Transcript of HAMLET ALLUSION SEMINAR: Nemean Lion

Nemean Lion Myth
- First of the 12 Labors of Hercules
- Done to gain forgiveness for murdering his wife/kids
- Nemean Lion was larger than a normal lion, impenetrable hide, and claws sharper than human weapons.

- The lion would pretend to be a woman and trap warriors
- Hercules tried to kill the lion with arrows but they wouldn't break throw so he strangled it with his bare hands
The myth of the Nemean Lion connects to Hamlet, as Hamlet states he must be like the Nemean Lion once he has been approached by the ghost of Hamlet Sr, in order to successfully seek revenge.
Connection #2

As I perchance hereafter shall think to meet to put an antic disposition on

- The Lion would transform into a woman in order to lure warriors into it's cave
- Hamlet is doing the same thing, by appearing mad when he really is not.
- Theme of
- Hamlet is planning on appearing mad although he isn't.
-Claudius seeming like a caring father, and Polonius trustworthy when he's kinda slimy and snake like
Works Cited:
See Reimer
Connection #1
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My fate cries out/ And makes each petty atire in this body/ As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve.
- Hamlet states he must harden his nerves in order to successfully kill Claudius
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