Shakespeare's Puns In Hamlet

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Shakespeare’s puns are often an important factor in his plays and sonnets. One of the most distinctive characteristics Shakespeare gave Hamlet is his humor. His humor begins with being a playful tone, however, he also uses puns as a way to convey his madness. Shakespeare uses puns and paradoxes most of the time in Hamlets dialogue. His first words in the play are towards King Claudius and are in the form of a pun, “A little more than kin, and less than kind.” This phrase is made because Claudius is twice related to Hamlet by blood and marriage, as well as not being very kind. Claudius proceeds with “How is it that the clouds still hang on you? / Not so, my lord; I am too much in the sun,” says Hamlet, toying with grief. Here Shakespeare uses
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