Shakespeare has an interesting idea of using plays within his plays in order to show different storyline,foreshadowing and other techniques. In Hamlet, it is no different then in the other plays. In Hamlet, the prince has the actors put on the play of the murder of Gonzalo which is the exact same way that Hamlet’s father was killed. We know this based on the line 238, “[He] pours poison in [the Player’s King] ears,” (1742) which is how Hamlet’s father was killed. By doing this, Shakespeare is showing his readers the way that the king was killed. The readers are now able to properly see what happened, and how King Hamlet was betrayed. The play also helps show the evil deed to Claudius showing that Hamlet knows what happened to his father. By showing the play, Hamlet is making Claudius starting to become paranoid that is safety is in jeopardy.
Not only that but the interaction that Player King and Player Queen have helps show the Queen her own wrong doings. Hamlet is showing how the Queen is becoming now. By saying the lines, “A second time I kill my husband dead – When second husband kisses me in bed,” (1740) the actors are showing the Queen her wrong doings and how she didn’t mourn for King Hamlet, and instead quickly married Claudius without a second thought. You could easily argue that this is Hamlet showing both his mother and uncle how he hate’s their marriage and how he believes that they completely ruined everything for him.
The play is a huge backstabbing and you can also argue that it could be the start of his madness and desperation to kill Claudius. The amount of planning in the play itself shows how Hamlet is thinking about revenging his father’s death 24/7 and only thinking about that. He might be trying to woo Ophelia and wanting to be something to her but there is other evidence that he doesn’t care about having a relationship with her at the present moment which can be seen where he says, “So you mis-take your husbands,” (1742) which is him pretty much calling Ophelia a cheater. Now, what sane man would ever call their lover that?