In Shakespeare's Hamlet, who is Yorick?

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Yorick was King Hamlet's jester. When Hamlet learns of this from the gravedigger and Shakespearean clown, this amazes him because of the fond and good memories of him and his personality, jokes, "merriment", etc. he had of Yorick when Hamlet was a child.

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Sadly, now Yorick is nobody. Yorick is dead.

However, when he was alive, he was King Hamlet's jester. He was also someone Hamlet knew. When Hamlet encounters Yorick's skull, he plays with it, then uses it as an occasion to reflect on mortality. In such capacity, Yorick's skull foreshadows Hamlet's own death (see Act V.i for their interaction).

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