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In the play Hamlet Hamlets father the king is killed by Claudius Claudius is the former kings brother so as a result he takes the throne He also marries Hamlets mother the queen Hamlets father appears one night as a ghost and speaks to Hamlet He tells Hamlet that Claudius murdered him and asks his son to seek revenge by killing his murderer During one scene in the book after Mousetrap a play within the play has taken place Hamlet is talking with his mother concerning the fact that she has married her dead husbands brother Hamlet is devastated over this and feels he can no longer trust not only his mother but all women Hamlets mother believes Hamlet is going to murder her so she calls for help A man who Hamlet believes to be Claudius calls out from behind the curtains and Hamlet stabs him When Hamlet moves away the curtains Polonius body is revealed This part in the book is very ironic because Hamlet has committed an act very similar to that of Claudius This deed not only lowers Hamlets expectations of himself but makes him all the more like the murderer he is trying to punish Not only has he killed someones father Ophelia and Laertes but he has also deprived Polonius of his right to repent Hamlet is mentally tortured concerning the fact that his father was not able to confess his sins before he died and so spends his days in purgatory and flames Ironically Hamlets murder of Polonius is exactly the same he was not able to repent Even though Hamlet was not without sin concerning the murder his victim was of course unintended This chain of events brings him to the realization that he and his uncle are very similar It is easy to see that there is a definite theme of irony throughout Shakespeares Hamlet Hamlets journey led him through a number of ironic situations and
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