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Hamlet words as theme

Hamlet words as theme - after King Hamlet’s funeral But...

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Morales Words Words can serve as a means of communication; however, Shakespeare masterfully implements words and the term itself in brilliantly canny ways. At one point, Gertrude tells Hamlet in her bedroom, “These words like daggers enter in my ears” (Shakespeare III.iv.108- 110) and, in a way, she has every right to say so. During this scene, Hamlet continuously and mercilessly castigates Claudius as an incestuous lover and a vile murderer (Shakespeare III.iv.110) and criticizes Gertrude for sleeping with her husband’s brother, who she married soon
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Unformatted text preview: after King Hamlet’s funeral. But besides harsh slander, the term “words” can be used cleverly when Hamlet, in his supposed madness, talks with Polonius. Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. Polonius: What is the matter, my lord? Hamlet: Between who? (Shakespeare II.ii.208-12) Hamlet utilizes witty equivocation and literal interpretations that take Polonius aback. Hamlet’s wordplay proves that words can easily be manipulated to turn well-respected, intelligent men into mere fools....
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