Choose the best answer from the following options about the "Too, too sullied flesh" soliloquy in Hamlet: When reading Hamlet's speach of "Too too Sullied Flesh" from lines 129 - 159, pick from the following list of ideas. Select the one that reveals the most about the content and significance of this soliloquy and explain why:  
      a) Hamlet is depressed and would like to end his life.
       b) The death of his father is making Hamlet gloomy and angry.
       c) His mother's speedy marriage to his uncle angers him.
       d) He is upset that his uncle is now the king

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The best choice from this selection is choice C. Hamlet does mention suicidal thoughts at the beginning of the soliloquy, saying that he wishes God did not view "self slaughter" as a sin. Additionally, he is still grieving for his father, and is not happy that his uncle, who is like a "satyr" compared to his Hyperian father, is now king. But he is most upset that his mother has married so soon after his father's death. He claims that "even a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourn'd longer" and goes on to lament that his mother had gone so quickly to "incestuous sheets" by marrying his uncle. In fact, most of the soliloquy is expressly about his mother and her highly dubious marriage.

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