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Hamlet-Mousetrap-Does Hamlets play the mousetrap work?

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karleyb | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM via web

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Does Hamlets play the mousetrap work?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 12, 2009 at 5:27 AM (Answer #2)

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I think it does. Gertrude ironically responds, "The lady doth protest too much." Claudius leaves abruptly, made uncomfortable by his own guilt. Right after this is when 1)Claudius starts plotting to kill Hamlet, and 2) Hamlet mistakes Claudius for praying, when really Claudius is saying that he wishes he could confess, but can't. Hamlet's goal with the play is to get an idea about whether or not Claudius is guilty, and he sees his answer.

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therestissilence | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Answer #3)

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Yes, I agree with the previous statement, because the prime goal of The Mousetrap was to prove Claudius' guilt. Claudius exits in the midst of the play, proving his guilt and thereby making the play effective.

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