What role does food and drink play in HamletI am writing a speech about Hamlet, and am tracing the imagery of food and drink throughout the play. What are some possible theses that I can create...

What role does food and drink play in Hamlet

I am writing a speech about Hamlet, and am tracing the imagery of food and drink throughout the play. What are some possible theses that I can create based off of the observations I have made?

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There seems to be an association between food and drink and death in the play. Hamlet says sardonically that the meat and drink from his father's funeral feast were recycled for his mother's wedding to his uncle. He also observes morbidly that Polonius is being eaten by worms, which progresses into a reflection to the king that a king might progress through the guts of a beggar. And, of course, Claudius hopes to poison Hamlet (but accidently poisons Gertrude) with a cup of wine.

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