What does mortal coil mean
Mortal Coil Quotes by Derek Landy
What is this coil he's talking about, anyhow? Well, in Shakespeare's day, coil meant to make a big fuss about something. So the line is literally saying that there is turmoil in this mortal life. It's just full of the hustle and bustle of everyday stuff which Hamlet hates. Hamlet may talk—and talk, and talk—about suicide, but what he's really concerned with is mortality, and the fact that our world is made of death and decay.
Mortal coil is a poetic term for the troubles of daily life and the strife and suffering of the world. to tumults or troubles. Used idiomatically, the phrase means "the bustle and turmoil of this mortal life". "Coil" has an unusual etymological history.
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