Hamlet Act III Scene II

Hamlet Act III Scene II

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  • Before the play started Hamlet gives the players advice by not going overboard with the acting, but not make it too obvious either. This play would be important for Hamlet to see if the spirit is telling the truth.
  • What do you call the play? (III. ii. 223).
  • The "Mousetrap". Marry, how? Tropically. This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna. Gonzago is the Duke's name; his wife, Baptista. You shall see anon... our withers are unwrung. (III, ii, 224-229)
  • After giving the players useful advice, Hamlet speaks with Horatio and shows his appreciation for him and then asks Horatio to keep an eye on Claudius's reaction in order to see if the spirit was telling the truth.
  • The prologue starts and soon the audience got confused on what this is about. We see the players act out a scene where a loving King and a beautiful wife were living happily and pledge themselves to one another and never remarry after one of them dies. Then we see the brother of that same king poisons him and the queen remarried to the brother.
  • 'Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood... my soul consent (III. ii. 363-374).
  • When Claudius asks the name of the play, Hamlet tells him the play is called the "Mousetrap". There is a source of Irony where Hamlet is using this play as a bait for Claudius, because of the wording of his play; Hamlet had a reaction he expected from Claudius.
  • Claudius decided that he has seen enough. He ended the play and left the theater along with the others, except for Hamlet and Horatio. Because of this the court may start questioning King Claudius
  • With the play over Hamlet and Horatio discussed what happened. Claudius's reaction is that confession Hamlet needs now Hamlet and Horatio believes the spirit now. Polonius then requested that Hamlet needs to see the Queen in her Chambers and then Hamlet speaks in a soliloquy . He Will not harm his mother, but he will assassinate Claudius.
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