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What is ‘The Murder of Gonzago' in "Hamlet"?

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romrom | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 6, 2008 at 3:48 AM via web

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What is ‘The Murder of Gonzago' in "Hamlet"?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 6, 2008 at 8:30 AM (Answer #1)

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This is the play that Hamlet asks the traveling troupe of actors to perform. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have asked the troupe to perform at the castle, and Hamlet is delighted when he discovers they are coming. Hamlet adds some lines to the play to be spoken by the actors. "The Murder of Gonzago" mirrors the events that have occurred in Denmark. It's about a king who is poisoned by another man, but before the king dies, he talks with his wife about love, death, and remarriage. This is where Hamlet has asked the actors to add lines in the play to reflect what Hamlet feels is his mother's betrayal to his father. In the play, the queen promises to never remarry, especially someone who murders her husband, but the king says she will forget her promise once he is gone. Claudius takes offense at the play, and when they get to the point where the king is poisoned, Claudius gets up and leaves. Hamlet feels he has proven that Claudius killed his father.

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kctallman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 14, 2008 at 1:24 AM (Answer #2)

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This is the play within a play.  Hamlet asks the traveling actors to put on a play that is similar to the circumstances of his father's death.  Hamlet also inserts lines into the original play to sharpen the focus on King Hamlet's death.  Hamlet and Horatio carefully watch King Claudius for any signs of recognition or guilt which Claudius does provide.  This is the proof that Hamlet needs to determine that the ghost is an honest ghost and that Claudius did kill King Hamlet.

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jodi17 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 17, 2010 at 8:43 AM (Answer #4)

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what is the murder of gonzago

 

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ebblers | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:48 PM (Answer #5)

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The Murder of Gonzago is the Play Hamlet uses to prove that Claudius is guilty of the murder of his brother Hamlet Sr.

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