Eric Ruiz

"The play's the thing."

In William Shakespeare's Hamlet Act II Scene 2, Hamlet says, "The play is the thing." This quote was said in a room in the castle of Elsinore and Hamlet was speaking to himself. Hamlet's exclamation brings forth foreshadowing of King Claudius' reaction to the play Hamlet edited. The play is what Hamlet relies on to show the King is guilty of poisoning his brother, the former king. This is all said after Hamlet speaks with Rosencratz and Guildenstern. "The Mouse Trap" was meant to capture the attention of Claudius and brings up his statement, "The play is the thing."