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Hamlets Killings In William Shakespeares most famous play Hamlet the main character Hamlet is either directly or indirectly responsible for the murder of many characters throughout the play The audience of the play is left wondering which of the deaths are justified and which is not The play does provide many murders and many other deaths but it is up to the reader and the audience to decide who is to blame for these tragedies Prince Hamlet is directly involved with the deaths of Polonius his son Laertes and his daughter Ophelia After Hamlet discovers from his fathers ghost that the newly crowned King Claudius murdered his own father Hamlet is out for revenge In order to keep his revenge tactics a secret Hamlet puts on the act that he is insane His insanity draws the attention of all those nearest to him and when he murders Polonius it is obvious to the audience that this murder happens with intent Hamlet claims that he has killed a rat when instead he has slain Polonius who is hidden behind a curtain How now A rat Dead for ducat dead1441 Hamlets act is a malicious attack on Polonius He knows that Polonius is conspiring with the King to have Hamlet killed This murder helps Hamlet to stay alive and seek revenge for his fathers death Hamlet does slay Laertes at the end of the play Laertes and Claudius lace poison on Laertes blade when he and Hamlet square off in a gentlemens duel The duel comes about when he and Laertes are fighting over who loved Ophelia more While Laertes mortally wounds Hamlet he returns with his own mortal blow and finishes off Laertes By now Hamlet knows that he is marked for death In order for him to avenge his father and kill Claudius he must kill Laertes to stay alive Though the reader never truly knows whether or not Ophelia committed suicide
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