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Death in Hamlet Essay written by Juliette So shall you hear of carnal bloody and unnatural acts of accidental judgments casual slaughters of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause Hamlet Act V Scene 2 Lines 381-384 So says Horatio best friend of Prince Hamlet in the final few lines of the play He speaks these words after the deaths of Hamlet Claudius King of Denmark Gertrude Queen of Denmark and Laertes son of Polonius Also dead are Hamlet King of Denmark Rosencrantz and Guildenstern former friends of Hamlet Polonius councilor to the King and Ophelia daughter of Polonius Death is an extremely prevalent theme in William Shakespeares Hamlet However each death is unique in circumstances causes and effects Three important deaths in Hamlet were the deaths of King Hamlet Ophelia and Prince Hamlet The first and probably most important death in Hamlet is the death of Prince Hamlets father Hamlet King of Denmark Even though this death is not portrayed in the play it sets off a chain of events that comprise the plot of Hamlet Hamlet King of Denmark died recently before the play begins Claudius King Hamlets brother succeeded him This upset Prince Hamlet who thought he should be the successor Then in the very first scene of the play King Hamlets ghost appears to some soldiers and Hamlets friend Horatio The ghost does not speak to them Horatio tells Hamlet about the ghost and eventually the ghost appears to Hamlet and speaks with him The ghost surprises Hamlet by saying If thou didst ever thy dear father loveRevenge his foul and most unnatural murder Hamlet Act I Scene 5 Lines 23 and 25 Hamlet had not realised that his father had been murdered The ghost goes on to say The serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown Haml et Act I Scene 5 Lines 38-39 It is at this point that Hamlet realises that
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