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Before dying, Hamlet says to Horatio:

“O good Horatio, what a wounded name,
Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my story.”

What story might Horatio tell that most perfectly captures Hamlet’s perspective?

A

Hamlet’s story is one of devastating villainy due to the murder of his father by his uncle Claudius, disgusting incest due to his mother’s marriage to his murderous uncle, a startling call to revenge from the ghost of his father, heartbreaking misunderstanding and betrayal from the girl he loved, the accidental death of a family friend whom Hamlet mistook to be Claudius, the tragic drowning of his beloved, deaths of two childhood friends who had betrayed him, the accidental death of his mother due to Claudius’s murderous cunning, the death of a childhood friend who had been exploited by Claudius, his own death due to Claudius’s treachery, and finally, Claudius’s murder, whose death Hamlet had hoped would be the first and the only death in Elsinore.

B

Hamlet’s story is one of devastating villainy due to the murder of his father by his uncle Claudius, disgusting incest due to his mother’s marriage to his murderous uncle, a startling call to revenge from the ghost of his father, heartbreaking misunderstanding from the girl he loved, the accidental death of a family friend whom Hamlet mistook to be Claudius, misunderstanding of Hamlet’s intentions from Laertes, Polonius, and Ophelia, the tragic drowning of his beloved, deaths of two childhood friends whom Hamlet perceived to be enemies, the accidental death of his mother due to Claudius’s murderous cunning, the death of a childhood friend who had been exploited by Claudius, his own death due to Claudius’s treachery, and finally, Claudius’s murder, whose death Hamlet had hoped would be the first and the only death in Elsinore.

C

Hamlet’s story is one of devastating villainy due to the murder of his father by his uncle Claudius, disgusting incest due to his mother’s marriage to his murderous uncle, a startling call to revenge from the ghost of his father, betrayal from the girl he loved, the accidental death of a family friend whom Hamlet mistook to be Claudius, misunderstanding of Hamlet’s intentions from Laertes, Polonius, and Ophelia, the tragic drowning of his beloved, deaths of two childhood friends who had betrayed him, the accidental death of his mother due to Claudius’s murderous cunning, the death of a treacherous childhood friend, his own death due to Laertes’s and Claudius’s treachery, and finally, Claudius’s murder, whose death Hamlet had hoped would be the first and the only death in Elsinore.

D

Hamlet’s story is one of devastating villainy due to the murder of his father by his uncle Claudius, disgusting incest due to his mother’s marriage to his murderous uncle, a startling call to revenge from the ghost of his father, betrayal from the girl he loved, the premeditated murder of Polonius, the betrayal of Laertes, Polonius, and Ophelia, the tragic drowning of his beloved, deaths of two childhood friends who had betrayed him, the accidental death of his mother due to Claudius’s murderous cunning, the death of a treacherous childhood friend, his own death due to Laertes’s and Claudius’s treachery, and finally, Claudius’s murder, whose death Hamlet had hoped would be the first and the only death in Elsinore.

E

Hamlet’s story is one of devastating villainy due to the murder of his father by his uncle Claudius, disgusting incest due to his mother’s marriage to his murderous uncle, a startling call to revenge from the ghost of his father, betrayal from the girl he loved, the premeditated murder of Polonius, the betrayal of Laertes, Polonius, and Ophelia, the suicide of his beloved, the accidental deaths of two childhood friends, the accidental death of his mother due to Claudius’s murderous cunning, the death of a treacherous childhood friend, his own death due to Laertes’s and Claudius’s treachery, and finally, Claudius’s murder, whose death Hamlet had hoped would be the first and the only death in Elsinore.

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