Now, Hamlet, where’s Polonius?

O now the King’s calling the dead body “Polonius”?
It’s been dead body this and body that all this time but now… it’s Polonius. When it suits his purposes, he will give the dead body its identity.
It is hard, I grant him, to reconcile a person with their dead body. Or to un-reconcile them.
In the last few days, I’ve thought much more deeply into the circumstances of my grandmother’s body’s journey to ashes than I would like to have considered. An error in cremation has sent my imagination on an uncomfortable journey with her dead body. From the hospice to bags to slabs to fire… and never, even though I know she is no longer in there, never was I able to think of her as a thing and not as a her. Claudius here has gone straight to thing and returns Polonius to a him when talking to Hamlet.

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