How Does Shakespeare Present Claudius's Death In Hamlet

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In the Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare depicts a series of events of a son trying to avenge his father. He pretends insanity, accidentally murders, and drives the love of his life to commit suicide. Although Hamlet was the one that performed these horrible acts, it is all due to the initial actions of Claudius. Claudius is the root of all the problems in Hamlet when he murdered King Hamlet before the drama even begins. I believe that Claudius’ decision to kill King Hamlet, his plan with Laertes, and both of his attempts to kill Hamlet, all set up a chain of events that resulted in the death of far too many people. Before the drama even begins, King Hamlet is dead and his ghost comes back to visit. It is with this visit that the true nature of his death is revealed and Hamlet is informed that his father was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet now seeks revenge and begins his spiral of insanity to do so. In one of Hamlet’s first soliloquies, he states “That I, the son of a dear father murdered prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell…The play’s the thing wherein …show more content…

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, instead, are met with their deaths when they do complete the journey to England, and leaves Hamlet to face Laertes in a duel to the death. During the duel, Queen Gertrude mistakenly takes a sip of the poisoned wine and falls ill. Then, Hamlet goes after Cladius to die in union with his wife and forces him to take a sip. This only leaves Laertes and Hamlet left, but both are struck by the poisoned sword. Inevitably, all are dead except for Hamlet’s closest acquaintance, Horatio, who remarks “How these things came about. So shall you hear Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause, And, in this upshot, purposes mistook Fall’n on th’ inventors’ heads” (V: ii,

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