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Hamlet's Sarcasm

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When Horatio tells Hamlet he came to see his father’s funeral, Hamlet responds, “I think it was to see my mother’s wedding,” then jokes that “the funeral baked meats / Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” Just moments before this exchange, Hamlet reveals that he wishes he could kill himself.

What relevant truth does Shakespeare convey about the human condition through Hamlet’s light treatment of his own situation?

A

That people cease to grieve when close friends offer their camaraderie because friendship is the best tonic for grief.

B

That people often hide their deepest feelings from their friends and use humor and sarcasm to deflect from their unhappiness.

C

That people who employ sarcasm tend to be depressed and brooding individuals who are trying to mask their pain.

D

That people generally do not trust their friends with their honest feelings when those feelings are unpleasant.

E

That people who are suicidal are sometimes clever about hiding their despondency from friends by making jokes.