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by Charles Dickens

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What play is being performed by Mr. Wopsle in Great Expectations?

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In Great Expectations, Mr. Wopsle plays Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Chapter 31 of the book details Wopsle's ridiculous portrayal of Hamlet. His acting is terrible and awkward. This is perhaps a parallel to Pip's journey to becoming a gentleman. Just as Mr. Wopsle is absurd on stage, Pip feels just as terrible when he's mocked on the street by Trabb, the son of the tailor.