While the Prince and Duke disapprove of the deceptions veiling the true natures and intentions of the members of their royal courts, they each engage in morally dubious and hypocritical acts of deception in their attempts to clandestinely study and remedy the “seeming” corruption in their kingdoms. Although both Duke Vincentio and Prince Hamlet employ policies of hypocrisy to collect evidence and plot against the scheming members of their courts in the pursuit of justice, Vincentio proves to be more adept at deception and drama-making than Hamlet since he reveals and remedies the corruption in his kingdom without unjustly sacrificing anyone’s mind, body or reputation, whereas Hamlet’s practice of stagecraft puts him out of favor with the King and his impulsiveness results in tragedy.
Dykstra, James A.
"Stagecraft as Statecraft in Hamlet and Measure for Measure,"
Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
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