DICTION passages and explanations. 1. Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, / Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, / Or that the Everlasting had not fixed / His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God, God! / How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable / Seem to me all the uses of this world! ( I.ii.133-38) Hamlet is distressed in his first soliloquy. Here, his desire for his "flesh" to "melt" and dissolve into "dew" registers his anguish over his father's death and his mother's remarriage to his uncle. Clearly, Hamlet's thoughts are suicidal and register some mental and emotionally instability. 2. He knew me not at first; he said I / was a fishmonger: he is far gone. And truly, in my / youth I suffered much extremity ( II.ii.205-207). Polonius is convinced that Hamlet is "far gone, far gone" in his love for Ophelia. But it seems clear that Hamlet is mocking Polonius and merely playing the part of an "antic" (a madman but also a "clown" figure). Polonius believes that Hamlet simply doesn't recognize him, but Hamlet
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