The Lady Doth Protest Too Much Methink Analysis

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When Hamlet asks his mother how she likes the play, she replies, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Obviously she is focusing on the Player Queen and identifying with the lady. Gertrude is unaware that she is revealing something about her own character. She takes it for granted that the Player Queen is exaggerating outrageously when she tells her husband how utterly impossible it would be for her to marry another man if her husband were to die. Gertrude knows that most women lie to their husbands, and that the Player Queen is only telling the Player King what he wants to hear. By saying that the Player Queen is protesting "too much," Gertrude means that she is not doing a good job of lying. Less is more. It would be more effective

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