Act 3, Sc. 4: What does the mirror represent and Explain how this symbol illustrates what Hamlet is trying to do throughout the play

Queen. Nay, then I'll set those to you that can speak.

Hamlet. Come, come, and sit you down, you shall now budge. You go not till I set you up a glass Where you may see the inmost part of you.

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The mirror is a metaphor that enables Gertrude to look into her soul and see the error of her ways. Hamlet is trying to force mother to see the truth about Claudius as well as her own actions. The ability to see and expose truth is a motif throughout the play.