Poison in Shakespeareâ€™s Hamlet: Literal or Figurative Reference
Thermon V. Ratliff Jr
December 1, 2013
POISON IN SHAKESPEAREâ€™S HAMLIT: LITERAL OR FIGURITIVE REFERENCE
Shakespeareâ€™s masterpiece Hamlet contains various uses of symbolism that may be difficult to understand. Looking closely at different places that a word might have more that one meaning can help the reader get a better understanding of what Shakespeare was trying to convey in that statement. The word Poison is used thought the play and in many different situations. Show these references to poison be taken literally or figuratively? An examination of the ...view middle of the document...
His words were poison to Hamlet yet he minimizes its importance when he says it was used in jest.
hamlet. No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest. No of- Â Â Â Â 232
flense iâ€™thâ€™ world. Â Â Â Â 233
king. What do you call the play?
hamlet. The Mousetrap. Marry, how? Tropically. Â Â Â Â 235
This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna.
Gonzago is the Dukeâ€™s name, his wife, Baptista. You Â Â Â Â 237
shall see anon. â€˜Tis a knavish piece of work, but what
of that? Your Majesty, and we that have free souls, it Â Â Â Â 239
touches us not. Let the galled jade wince, our withers Â Â Â Â 240
are unwrung. Â Â Â Â 241
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Poison also is expressed as a description of a persons feeling. Throughout this play, Shakespeare uses the them of poison in one form or another figuratively in his characters emotional state. Hamlet said that the thought of his mother and uncle sleeping in the same bed poisoned his heart. And during...