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Live by the Sword Die by the Sword It is commonly said that if you play too close with the fire you are going to get burned This generally means that if you live a dangerous lifestyle then you will eventually falter and suffer the consequences In Shakespeares Hamlet there are many cases where characters are killed because they lived a murderous lifestyle Claudius murders his own brother and is then murdered himself Laertes kills Hamlet but is killed himself before Hamlet dies Hamlet murders Polonius and Laertes avenges his father by killing Hamlet The lives and deaths of these three individuals are inextricably interwoven Their destinies are forged by the others actions To attempt to separate the life and death of each separate character would be impossible because their destinies are so closely tied together Each ones destiny is determined by the actions of not only their life but also the reactions of others Claudius King Hamlets brother desires to have more power than he currently has He devises and executes a plan to murder his brother the king by placing poison in the sleeping mans ear The king dies from the poisoning and Claudius exclaims that the king must have been bitten by a snake and died from the venom The serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears the crown p 29 It is the perfect crime except that young Hamlet gets wind of the evil deed from the ghost of his father Hamlet is told that the only way to put his fathers soul to rest is to right the crime that was committed So Hamlet sets his sights on proving that Claudius murdered his father Hamlet devises an ingenious plan to trap Claudius He rigs a play to portray the same murder that Claudius commits You shall see anon how the murderer gets the love of Gonzagos wife p 79 Claudius is
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