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HAMLET Hamlet by William Shakespeare is the tragedy of a young man named Hamlet His fragile idealism shattered by his fathers brutal death causes him to laose faith in humanity When his late fathers phantom visits him he persuades Hamlet to take revenge against his uncle Claudius his fathers true executioner Hamlet feigns madness and in his so called unrestfull stage he devises his plan to take retribution Throughout the play the death of a character becomes a frequent event Although most people lose their lives because of their own self centered wrong doing there are a few whose death is caused by manipulation and deceit In this case it is the Family of Polonius Contrary to popular belief the tragedy of Hamlet is not about him nor of his family It is however the tragic fate of Polonius family Because their deaths were not the consequences of their own sinful actions rather by the innocent involvement in the schemes of Claudius and Hamlet Although some may say that polonius deserved his death because of his surreptitious style Even though all he was really doing was following the kings inclinations Polonius was slained by Hamlet after having been mistaken for the King The next to die is Ophelia she is entirely manipulated by Hamlet and the king for their own selfish reasons She killed herself after knowledge of her fathers death Last to die was Laertes it is easily seen how laertes in the heat of his anger could conspire to murder though he kills hamlet he is avenging his fathers death an act with reference to the moral climate of the 1600s Therefore it is condoned Laertes in his attempt to kill loses his life by the very poison that was to kill his enemy Hamlet dies on a poison tipped sword but not till he has killed Claudius and ridded Elsinore of its plague Shakespeare utilizes character plot and setting to
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