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THis speech occurs at the end of IIii after Hamlet has witnessed a travelling player recite lines from an old play dealing with the destructiopn of Troy The lines relate to the grief of queen Hecuba for her husband King Priam killed by Pyrrhus Hamlet is so impressed by the emotion engenderted by the actor thta he becomes critical of his own behaviour in not having moved more decisively against Claudius He describes himself as a rogue and a peasant - a person on the lowest rung of the social ladder The element of conceit or imagination involved in the players performance is what especially annoys Hamlet with regard to himself He gives a detailed description of the Players acting and then exclaims All for nothing Hecubas name is given three times to stress Hamlets incredulity at someone being so moved by the plight of a figure from ancient mythology and leads on to the hyperbole of drown the stage with tears This last point he applies to his own situation in the shortline Yet I which forces the actor speaking pause before launching into the self condemnation of the next section Here the alliteration of muddy mettled adds to the impression of confusion with vivid verbs such as breaks plucksand tweaks supply metaphorical assaults suffered by Hamlet In describing claudius Hamlet uses twowords bloodyand bawdywhich sum up the kings evil nature as he is both a murderer and the seducer of Hamlets mother The repetition of villian and the assonance of remorselesstreacherouslecherouskindless provide a feeling of hysteria to the speech before Hamlet once more turns upon himself The speech ends with the phrase About my brains after which Hamlet devises the plan to test the Kings guilt by staging a play in which his crime will be represented
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