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by William Shakespeare

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What is the message of Hamlet’s analogy of the recorders when he is speaking with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

The massage of Hamlet's analogy of the recorders when he is speaking with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is that his old school friends cannot expect to play him, i.e. get him to do what they want. Hamlet knows that the two men have been sent to spy on him, and he's determined to not give them the information they require. Just as Guildenstern cannot play a recorder, so he will not be able to get Hamlet to talk.

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Whatever his many character defects, Hamlet is certainly no one's fool. He knows full well that his old school chums Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been sent for by Claudius to spy on him. Their job is try and get as much information as they can from him so that Claudius can better predict his next move.

Claudius is deeply troubled by his nephew's brooding presence about the Danish court and needs...

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