Hamlet Essay

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The Mousetrap Revealed by Courtney Massengill Courtney Massengill HUM 2233 003 Professor DeFelix 6 February 2012 Word Count: 1013 The Mousetrap Revealed Thesis: The purpose of The Mousetrap is to focus on the death of King Hamlet, to affirm Hamlet’s suspicion of his father’s murder, and to prove Claudius’s guilt. I. Focus on King Hamlet’s death A. Inform B. Quote C. Reenact II. Affirm Hamlet’s suspicions A. Watch B. Quote C. React III. Prove Claudius’s guilt A. Actions B. Quote C. Thoughts Courtney Massengill HUM 2233 003 Professor DeFelix 6 February 2012 The Mousetrap Revealed Sitting, thinking, fingers franticly intertwine and sweat drips from the brow; one waits for what will become of the situation at hand. At first sight it may appear as a description of an overwhelming amount of nervousness, but in all actuality it is foreshadowing a guilty conscious. “Shakespeare’s stage . . . mirrored the values and customs of the Elizabethan era [and] rendered a vision of human qualities and flaws that would appeal to subsequent generations” (Marien and Fleming 319), which is exactly how the actions and thoughts of the characters in his plays are depicted. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet (translation Braunmuller), there is another play within it that is called The Mousetrap. “ . . . [The] play is the image of a murder done in Vienna . . .” (Shakespeare 3.2. 234). The purpose of The Mousetrap is to focus on the death of King Hamlet, to affirm Hamlet’s suspicion of his father’s murder, and to prove Claudius’s guilt. Here is where the meaning and import of the whole play shapes itself (“Who”). One of the main purposes of The Mousetrap is to focus on the death of King Hamlet. He was the king of Denmark, husband to Gertrude, and father to a son whom they called Hamlet. There is much mystery as to how the king died so suddenly

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