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What is an example of a personification in act2 of Hamlet?  

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blueeyedbro21 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM via web

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What is an example of a personification in act2 of Hamlet?

 

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allthedoll | eNoter

Posted April 9, 2012 at 8:34 PM (Answer #1)

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Hamlet

Act II, scene 2, line 491

 

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With less remorse than Pyrrhus' bleeding sword

 

Here, the Pyrrhus's sword is personified by the word bleeding.  The act of bleeding is something an object, such as the sword, cannot do, but humans can.  Remember that personification is giving human-like characteristics or qualities to an object that would not normally have them.

 

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llf94 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM (Answer #2)

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The question of honesty recurs repeatedly in the play. For example, in the encounter between Hamlet and Polonius:

Hamlet Then I would you were so honest a man.
Polonius Honest, my lord?
Hamlet Ay, sir. To be honest, as this world goes, is to be
one man picked out of ten thousand.
Polonius That's very true, my lord.
(2.2.176-80)

The question of honesty appears again in Hamlet's dialogue with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern:

Hamlet What news?
Rosencrantz None, my lord, but the world's grown honest.
Hamlet Then is doomsday near.
(2.2.236-38)
The lack of honesty that Shakespeare is concerned with is our lack of honesty in accepting reality and, in particular, in facing up to our own mortality.

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