Hamlet | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by R. Chris Hassel, Jr.

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Hamlet.
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Critical Essay by R. Chris Hassel, Jr.

SOURCE: “Mouse and Mousetrap in Hamlet,” in Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Vol. 135, 1999, pp. 77-92.

In the following essay, Hassel examines the mouse and mousetrap imagery in Hamlet.

When Hamlet names “The Murder of Gonzago” for Claudius, he calls it “The Mousetrap”, adding, “Marry how? Tropically”.1 Since Hamlet has already told us that he hopes to use the play to “catch the conscience of the king” (2.2.591), we quickly hear several teasing puns and figures. Hamlet the mouser may be playfully connecting the “trap” of “trapically” with the “marry” of Claudius' marriage to “his mouse” Gertrude. He is also probably punning on “tropically” as &#x...

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