Find two references to disease and decay in Act I of Hamlet. What might these references signify?
One important example of the theme of decay is found in Hamlet's first soliloquy when he says that Denmark, and more specifically his mother's remarriage "Tis an unweeded garden / That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature possess it merely." Hamlet is comparing his mother and Claudius to unweeded garden. In order for a garden to thrive, be beautiful or bear food, it must be kept free of weeds which will rob the good...
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