Hamlet persuades one of the actors to perform the speech, with Hamlet’s personally added lines, for the next night. “Can / you play “The Murder of Gonzago?”... You could, for [a] / need, study a speech of some dozen or sixteen / lines, which I would set down and insert in’t” (II.ii 563-569).
Hamlet manipulates the actors into performing a speech that addresses the malicious actions of King Claudius. “Give us a taste of your / quality. Come, a passionate speech… One speech in’t I / chiefly loved… especially when he speaks of / Priam’s slaughter” (II.ii 456-473).
Hamlet addresses how sad he is and criticizes himself for not doing more to avenge his father’s murder. “This is most brave, / That I, the son of a dear [father] murdered, / Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, / Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words / And fall a-cursing like a very drab, / A stallion! Fie upon’t! Foh!” (II.ii 611-616)