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What is the importance and meaning of ears in Hamlet? There are so many things related...

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Posted February 15, 2007 at 8:46 PM via web

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What is the importance and meaning of ears in Hamlet? There are so many things related with ears (spilling poison to ear, eavesdropping...)

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lmillerm | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted February 16, 2007 at 11:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Ears and the act of hearing are a motif that runs throughout Hamlet, which enhances the theme of "Appearance versus Reality." Words and conversations are used as a form of manipulation and corruption. Manipulation is used by some characters (specifically Claudius) to improve their social status or power.

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