Shakespeare's Hamlet 5 The Mousetrap

Why did Shakespeare write a play within a play? What were his thoughts on the game Mouse Trap? The answer to one of these questions is waiting in this video. 

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ghost now so he does this really interesting thing He

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decides that he's going to construct a play that is

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going to reiterate the plot of his father's death on

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dh Then watch claudius to see how he reacts to

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it and see if he reacts strongly Well then he

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must have done it and if he doesn't react with

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on the story doesn't serve the whole so the play

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itself this play within a play called the trap becomes

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a metaphor for how we often use plays in general

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right which is teo gauge how people react to them

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but that's how we do it or not necessarily what

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we create but how we react to creations Why is

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shakespeare so font of having a play within his play

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So one because he was a smart guy and interested

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in the form of what he was doing in general

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right So he is interested in the play as such

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and he wants us as viewers to really consider what

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it means That we're at a play and not just

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experience it totally immersive Lee as it were also there's

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a simple reason that it's a really like fun way

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Tohave interlude like having having a stage on the stage

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itself allows youto have kind of these frame narrative so

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that you get totally different settings How does the mass

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trap play such a significant role in hamlet Why is

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