Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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“The play’s the thing…” (Hamlet 2.2 .581) The meta-theatrical play The Mousetrap is central to Hamlet. The play-within-a play is a catalyst to the plot and works to illuminate character. This essay will argue that the scene places Hamlet into the role of a playwright who employs theatrical conventions in order to manipulate his audience rather than entertain. Hamlet transforms The Mousetrap play into an accusatory analogy of King Claudius. This scene also largely contrasts the playwright Shakespeare to Hamlet’s role as playwright as Shakespeare mirrors his own application of intertextuality seen throughout the tragedy of Hamlet. This particular injection of intertextuality provides Hamlet with the justification he yearns for, Claudius’s guilt to his father’s murder, whilst acting out moments of the past that will extend into prescient glimpses of scenes to come. Hamlet is provided with a troupe of players to help him stage the perfect performance. Whilst describing the play Hamlet embeds an underlying meaning into the play’s text to invoke a certain emotional response from his specific audience ,Claudius. Hamlet confides in Horatio how the play will help remove any doubt of the Ghost 's trustworthiness and will reveal Claudius’ guilt through the performance’s likeness and realness to the murder of King Hamlet.However if the play fails to elicit a response from King Claudius, Hamlet states that he will cede to declaring that he has in fact seen a damned ghost and his
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