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What does Hamlet hope to achieve with the theatrical performance?


He hopes he will impress Ophelia with his orchestration of a dramatic and moving performance.


He hopes that his mother will recognize herself in the performance and feel ashamed for her incestuous deeds.


He hopes that the performance will distract Claudius, Gertrude, and Polonius from their preoccupation with his madness.


He hopes that Claudius will visibly react to the performance, perhaps even confessing his crime publicly.


He hopes that Polonius will be stunned into silence after witnessing the genius of Hamlet’s apparent madness.

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