Confess yourself to heaven.

It just occurred to me that this could sound like a threat to Gertrude. And maybe it is meant to sound like a threat. It is something killers will often do before they strike. It’s very murder-y language, actually. At least the ones who have an interest in not damning the souls of their victims when they kill them.
Gertrude has already been afraid for her life in this scene once, there’s no reason for her to think that possibility has passed. She has, after all, just witnessed her son commit one murder – it’s not unlikely that he’s on a tear. His words are wild and whirling. He’s seeing things.
The terror of watching your son behave this way and be afraid for your life at the same time…well, I think I missed that a little bit when I played this role 20 years ago. I think I’d have a lot to work with were I to play this role again.
And, of course, if I were to play Hamlet as well. I’d want to experiment with how much of this to play as a threat. How much is he aware of how this looks to her? It would seem not much. But it would be a really interesting thing to experiment with.


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