Hamlet-Mousetrap-Does Hamlets play the mousetrap work?
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.