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Media for “The Role of the Players” Activity

The Players Speech

Hamlet’s Attempt to Kill Claudius

Greg Doran decided to repeat the image of Priam hesitating with his sword in the air, as shown by the player, when Hamlet takes the dagger to Claudius.

Watch The Player’s speech immediately followed by Hamlet’s attempt to kill Claudius. What are the similarities? How important is it to look at these two speeches together?

The above clips are for use in an activity found in the Hamlet Teachers’ Guide. [download the full PDF of the guide]