Analysis Of Hamlet's Death In Hamlet

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In the famous play Hamlet, by Shakespeare, Hamlet devises various plans to avenge his father’s death. Throughout these several scenes, Hamlet causes the suffering, as well as, the death of many others, who do not have anything to do with King Hamlet’s murder. However the murderer of his father is killed, Hamlet was not justified in killing so many innocent people along the way. First of all, the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet, tells Hamlet within his first appearance as a ghost to avenge his death by killing his murderer, Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, but to leave Queen Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, out of it. He informs Hamlet that killing Claudius would be appropriate and with reason, considering the previous circumstances in which led to how King Hamlet ended up a ghost, but harming Gertrude would be unacceptable, as she is innocent and has not done any wrong, besides agreeing to engage in an incestuous marriage, that is. “Against thy mother aught; leave her to heaven, and those thorns that in her bosom lodge, to prick and sting her,” (document A). King Hamlet believes not to blame her, but to give her time and, eventually, she will realize the wrong she has also done. In sum, the ghost of King Hamlet tells his son that killing Claudius, and only Claudius, would be considered just. Because King Hamlet only instructed Hamlet to kill Claudius, as he is his murderer, the death of Polonius is, however accidental, caused by Hamlet’s carefree, and utterly stupid, actions.
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