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Why is the constant mention of ears in Shakespeare's Hamlet significant?

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In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the ear is an important image for several reasons.

First, it was publicly announced that Hamlet's father died from being bitten by a snake while he napped one day in the garden, however, it was from poison poured into his ear by Claudius.

Sleeping within my orchard, / My custom always of the afternoon, / Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole / With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, / And in the porches of my ears did pour  / The leperous distilment... (I, v, 64-69)

Before Laertes leaves for school, he warns Ophelia not to pay too much attention to what Hamlet has to...

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