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According to A Shakespeare Glossary, the adjective "kind" had several meanings: natural, appropriate, proper (…) favourable, gracious (…) affectionate, loving, fond (…) Based on this, the relationship between Hamlet and Claudius is described as a little more than just kinship (Claudius is not just his uncle but now also his stepfather) but less ...


Meiosis It's a figure of speech, a form of understatement. Hamlet is describing a total lack as if it were a mere diminishment. This also lets him frame it as an antithesis.

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