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Hamlet

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Bestial Oblivion

HAMLET-1G3UDY

Of the following ironies, which is most relevant thematically to Hamlet’s soliloquy at the end of Act IV, Scene iv?

A

Hamlet reasons that humans should be greater than beasts and use their powers of reason to accomplish great things, when the pursuit of revenge is a bestial response to brutish behavior and doesn’t engage human beings in any form of transcendence from their beastly tendencies.

B

Hamlet marvels at Fortinbras’s ambition for derring-do in his pursuit of Poland’s land when Fortinbras’s ambition may have less to do with the pursuit of principle and more to do with the indulgence of his own expansive ego.

C

Hamlet admires the ambition of men who will join a crusade and fight for a cause, however pointless, but fails to recognize the brutish futility of sacrificing one’s life for a principle one will never fully be able to realize.

D

Hamlet curses himself for his failure to pursue revenge against Claudius, when in reality his murder of Polonius was a decisive act of revenge, so Hamlet should instead curse fate for placing the wrong man behind the arras.

E

Hamlet admires Fortinbras for his zeal and his fortitude, when instead he should pity him for his misguidedness, since Hamlet had the privilege of being raised by a great father and Fortinbras’s father was absent for his son and therefore unable to be a strong role model for him.