Act II Scene 2, What use does Hamlet plan to make of the players?Act II Scene 2

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Hamlet sees an opportunity with the arrival of the players.  He plans for the players to enact The Murder of Gonzago with a few changes/additions. The play will mimic what the ghost has told Hamlet happened to him at the hands of Claudius.  Hamlet plans to watch Claudius for his reaction during the performance of the play. Should Claudius watch the play with little reaction, he will believe the ghost is an evil spirit hoping to damn his soul.  However, if Claudius reacts strangely to the play, Hamlet will take it as proof that the ghost tells the truth and will feel more justified in pursuing action against Claudius.

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