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Hamlet

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Alas, Poor Yorick

HAMLET-NNYGYO

What is the significance of Hamlet’s contemplation of Yorick, a court jester he knew well in his youth?

A

He recognizes that, although Yorick was entertaining and profoundly funny while alive, death has rendered him humorless; there is nothing funny about death.

B

He is stunned that someone who was once so alive could so permanently cease to exist, and this realization forces Hamlet’s consciousness of his own mortality.

C

He regrets that Yorick did not receive more recognition while alive and realizes that one must do something of great significance to be acknowledged while still living.

D

He feels melancholy that Yorick is nothing but a nondescript skull and suddenly feels determined that he must do something of distinction to be remembered after death.

E

He remembers the devastation he felt as a child after Yorick’s death and decides that he will not cause the death another person, regardless of how badly he wants to kill Claudius.