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TOPIC: Sponges Apples and Apes?

Sponges Apples and Apes? 4 years 8 months ago #4835

In Act IV scene ii, Hamlet refers to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as sponges, and then gives a little rant about them and the king. I know it is a use imagery, but what kind is it? Corruption (and if it is what's the reason for it)?
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Sponges Apples and Apes? 4 years 8 months ago #4836

I'm not familiar with the term "use imagery--" but it seems clear that if he ever trusted R&G in the first place, he has come to regard them simply as spies in Claudius' employ, who will "soak up" any intelligence they can glean about him (Hamlet), and regurgitate it to the King at the latter's behest. The "sponge, you will be dry again" comment seems to be a veiled warning-- to imply that when they've outlived Claudius' purposes for them they may be regarded as dispensable. In fact, that hints at what their actual fate will be at Hamlet's own hands.
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