Literal Symbolism In Hamlet

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The literal symbolism of poison being poured in someone’s ear is the fact that it is poison must mean that lies are being told. In this case Hamlet lied about his madness and it also led to the death of many of the characters including Hamlet himself. So ultimately words, like poison, can kill and in this case many died. The symbolic symbolism for poison in ears is stated when the Ghost and Hamlet meet and talk about how the Ghost has died, which also sounds like an allusion to the story of Adam and Eve. In Act 1 Scene 5 the Ghost says,“Tis given out, sleeping in my orchard, A serpent stung me. The whole ear of Denmark is...Rankly abused.” Not only are ears directly mentioned, the Ghost is saying that his death by a snake is a lie, and that
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