The World Is Filled With Fishmongers
In the world of Hamlet nothing is what it seems. There is so much going on in his life that he is possibly going insane. With all of the emotions Hamlet has from the events that happened he needs a way to express that, and he does so with his words. Most of everything Hamlet says has multiple meanings. Hamlet’s life is very unclear, and at times so are his words. Out of defense, he uses puns, metaphors, and double-entendres for his primary weapon against the people who have deceived him. Hamlet endures a lot. His uncle-- now King Claudius--murdered King Hamlet, his father. Now Hamlet realizes that he cannot trust anyone-- not even his best friends. In Act 3 Scene 2 Hamlet is talking with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and he asks Guildenstern to play the recorder for him. He denies the request, but Hamlet keeps pushing and pushing him to play it. Hamlet is using the recorder as a metaphor for Guildenstern and Rosencrantz playing him for a fool. The only reasons that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are seeing Hamlet is because Claudius asked them too and are most likely getting paid. Hamlet asks, “Will you play / upon this pipe” (3.2 358-59), a question he really intends to mean, “Go ahead and try to find out what is really on my mind.” When Guildenstern refuses to play the recorder Hamlet says, “It is as easy as lying” (3.2 365). Not only have Rosencrantz and Guildenstern been constantly lying to Hamlet about their true motives for being there, but they also have been lying about their friendship. When Guildenstern repeatedly denies playing the recorder he breaks their friendship again and again. Hamlet then tells them that he is the recorder, revealing to them that he has figured them out. When one plays a recorder they put their fingers over the correct holes and blow and the music plays. Hamlet says that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern think they know exactly where to place their fingers to get the information of why Hamlet is...
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