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Metaphor in Hamlet

Metaphor Examples in Hamlet:

"to be demanded of a sponge..."   (Act IV - Scene II)

Hamlet explains this metaphor more fully in his next passage, where he states that as servants to the king Rosencrantz and Guildenstern suck up his attention (and suck up to him). In the line, sponge seems like a sneering insult, and one can imagine Hamlet delivering it with disdain.

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