In the novel Hamlet who was the character name Yorick?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yorick was a dead character. When alive, he had been the king's jester. In the play (not a novel), Hamlet sees a grave digger uncover a skull. He recognizes it as Yorick's skull and picks it up & remarks, "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of infinite jest ...."

  • bollin
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    3 years ago

    Hamlet Character Names

  • Zsoka
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    1 decade ago

    Watterson, William Collins. “Hamlet’s Lost Father.” Hamlet Studies 16 (1994): 10-23.

    HAMLET / PARENTHOOD / PSYCHOANALYTIC / YORICK

    This article asserts that Yorick’s abstract presence and Hamlet’s memories of the court jester “constitute a benign inscription of paternity in the play, one which actively challenges the masculine ideals of emotional repression and military virtus otherwise featured so prominently in Shakespeare’s drama of revenge” (10). Unlike the other father figures in Hamlet who represent patriarchal authority (e.g., the Ghost, Claudius, Polonius), Yorick is the absent surrogate parent who showed a young Hamlet alternatives to phallocentric oppression and who “remains a central figure in Hamlet’s psyche precisely because he has been lost” (11). By prematurely dying (possibly due to syphilis), Yorick abandoned a seven-year-old Hamlet in the pre-genital stage; hence, Hamlet identifies him as the cause of his sexual deficiency “and associates him permanently with his own anality” (18). Yet Yorick also endowed Hamlet with the skills of jesting and merrymaking, which are so evident in the exchange between Hamlet and the gravediggers. All play is set aside during Hamlet’s interaction with Yorick’s skull, as the “residual child in Hamlet articulates the pain of loss” over his childhood mentor (16). Perhaps the mournful sentiments were shared by Shakespeare, who lost his father around the time that Hamlet was being written (17). While Yorick contradicts paternal cliches, he also raises questions regarding maternal stereotypes and the femininity of death. Even the origin of Yorick’s name suggests “an obscure conflation of gender, [which] actually encodes the idea of feminine fatherhood” (18). Ultimately, Yorick instills in Hamlet “values and emotions fundamentally at odds with the patriarchal codes of masculine behavior” (19).

  • PP4865
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    1 decade ago

    Yorick, the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The sight of Yorick's skull evokes a monologue from Prince Hamlet on the vile effects of death. The contrast between Yorick as "a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy" and his grim remains is a variation on the theme of earthly vanity (cf Vanitas): death being unavoidable, the things of this life are inconsequential. Though this theme of Memento mori ('Remember you shall die') is common in 16th and 17th century painting (see especially Mary Magdalene), Hamlet meditating upon the skull of Yorick has become the most lasting embodiment of this idea.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yorick was the Court Jester. He is important because he was funny in life "infinte jest" but now all that remains of him is his skull.

    His death causes Hamlet to wonder if any thing really matters that we do in life if we are only fated to die.

  • 1 decade ago

    A skull. Hamlet says, "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him well, Horatio," while contemplating the skull.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He was the one whose skull Hamlet was holding when he said "Alas poor Yorick, I knew him Horatio."

  • Erika
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    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "Hamlet" is a play, not a novel.

  • 1 decade ago

    http://www.hamlethaven.com/yorick.html

    i think this will tell you about yorick

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