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Hamlet is giving the actors some last minute advice on how he wishes the play to be performed.
Hamlet is asking Polonius, Rosencratz, and Guiledstern if the King will be watching the play. Polonuis says that he will be, along with the Queen.
Hamlet then confides in Horatio his plans to reveal the King's guilt. Horatio agrees to monitor the King during the play.
The play begins. Hamlet flirts with and makes fun of Ophelia throughout it. The King is closely monitored in an attempt to find guilt.
As the actors reenact the murder of the old King Hamlet, King Claudius reacts strongly and calls for the play to be stopped.
Hamlet declares, with Horatio's agreement, that Claudius is fully guilty of the murder of old King Hamlet.
"For thou dost know, O Damon dear, this realm dismantled was of Jove himself; and now reigns here a very, very - peacock." III.II.276-79
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