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Hamlet

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Encountering Ophelia

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What impact does Shakespeare achieve by placing Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy immediately prior to his encounter with Ophelia?

A

Because Hamlet has been weighing the merits of life and death, he is circumspect and thoughtful in his meeting with Ophelia.

B

Because Hamlet has opted not to kill himself, he is especially forgiving of and grateful for Ophelia as a part of his life.

C

Because Hamlet has been depressed enough to contemplate suicide, he is moody and out-of-sorts in his conversation with Ophelia.

D

Because Hamlet has chosen life by default, he is now open to its infinite possibilities and hopes to reconcile with Ophelia.

E

Because Hamlet has decided not to take any action, he is overcome with apathy and indifference toward life.