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The inner play, the Murder of Gonzago, which Hamlet nicknames the Mouse-trap, allows Shakespeare to explore and address otherwise inexplicable issues.

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Introduction

With close reference to the language and action of the inner play, consider the significance of this scene The inner play, the Murder of Gonzago, which Hamlet nicknames 'the Mouse-trap', allows Shakespeare to explore and address otherwise inexplicable issues. The playwright employs rhyming couplets to mask the sharp daggers of conviction directed at Claudius from the rest of the audience in the play with concordance. Pathos is given to Gertrude and her situation. ...read more.

Middle

Gertrude's points of view are rendered without Hamlet's incessant interruptions as in the closet seen later because of his character. She is portrayed as a devoted queen to the 'first lord' without any hint of being unfaithful or having a changed heart by 'wed[ding] the second' just like the Phoenician queen, Dido, a comparison strengthened by the introduction of the inner play with mentions of Phoebus', Neptune and again straight after in line 257 with Jove. ...read more.

Conclusion

This proves to be an important point of comparison later when Hamlet had found the proof he sought to free him to morally kill Claudius but didn't because of his greed for a greater revenge. Hamlet's Mouse-trap plays a significant role address several issues like Gertrude's stance, Hamlet's current state and emotions as well as provides a point of comparison to later events like Hamlet and Laertes' vocation to kill Claudius and Hamlet respectively. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chino Jos� San Diego Garc�a Educaci�n/Escuela/2012/Deberes/Cuatrimestre 1/Semana 8 ...read more.

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