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Poison in Hamlet

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Poison is a powerful motif throughout Hamlet. Which of the following statements does not express a metaphorical significance of poison?

A

The use of poison signifies the invidiousness of power and how its pursuit often draws unworthy characters, because to seek after power is often to harbor a perverse belief in one’s own importance.

B

The use of poison signifies the ramifications of evil; evil is far-reaching and insidious and its impact cannot easily be mitigated.

C

The use of poison signifies the dangers of miscommunication, because the lack of healthy communication leads to hurt feelings and misguided actions.

D

The use of poison signifies the ruinous power of unchecked emotion, because failure to moderate one’s temper can result in violence and suffering.

E

The use of poison signifies the inevitable failure of relationships, because no relationship can withstand the challenges of time, and this makes human relationship fundamentally problematic.