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  • Act II, Scene ii
  • Hamlet talks to the Player
  • Can you play "The Murther of Gonzago"?
  • We'll ha't tomorrow night. 
  • Ay, my lord.
  • Event Analysis
  • Hamlet talks to one of the players about doing a play.  He asks the main player if they can do the Murther of Gonzago, and Hamlet asks if he can add a few lines, which the player agrees to do.
  • This scene relates to the theme of revenge, as it is essential in Hamlet's plot to wreak vengeance on Claudius his uncle, by affecting him greatly and confessing his crime.
  • You could for need study a speech of some dozen lines, or sixteen lines, which I would set down and insert in't, could you not?
  •  Here, Hamlet is trying to ask the player to play out "The Murther of Gonzago", inserting a few extra lines to aid in his plot to force Claudius to confess his crime.
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