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Claudius' Soliliquy, from Hamlet 3.3

Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Simon & Schuster paperback ed. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2012.

Shakespeare makes use of elision in line 2 ("upon't") PRIMARILY to

A

eliminate a syllable.

B

indicate the king's slurred speech.

C

mimic the conventions of Elizabethan speech.

D

maintain iambic pentameter.

E

reflect the speaker's syntax.

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