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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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