Hamlet II: The play’s the thing

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What is this lesson is about?

“The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King!”

How did Hamlet decide to stage a play to confirm that his uncle was a murderer? What does the act of drama have to do with truth? And most importantly, how does this tie into the image of Shakespearean individuality that we’ve been building throughout this course?

We’ll consider these questions and more, as we discuss:
• Hamlet’s philosophy 🤔
• Hamlet and the act of playing, of drama 🎭
• Hamlet and the tradition of the soliloquy 🗣



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