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Shakespeares Hamlet is more of a tragedy than a revenge plot in that it follows the unfortunate downfall of a prince due to his vengeful goal rather than the honour or justice brought about by his revenge The tragedy underlies the plot in three fateful elements death corruption and betrayal themes that echo throughout the play and resonate in each characters actions ultimately leading to their own demise whether by their own hand or someone elses These elements are represented in the following three examples firstly the death of innocent characters who became wrapped up in the corruption of the royal family secondly the protagonists ultimate destruction in the end caused by his actions and thirdly the lies and dishonesty that spill over into the most sacred of relationships those between family and those between a king and his people thereby destroying any glimmer of hope for a happy ending The first of the innocent characters to die is Polonius the kings trustworthy advisor whom Hamlet stabbed simply because he thought it was the King spying on his private conversation with the Queen How now A rat III iv 24 are the fatal words spoken by Hamlet before Polonius death Polonius will be forever remembered as a spy and an old fool who spoke too much and was too curious about the royal family for his own good He died because he got in the way of Hamlets revenge Polonius daughter Ophelia committed suicide after all she was put through Her premature demise was ultimately caused by the corruption of the royal family her suicide is the final death of innocence releasing of the only stopper to the turmoil filled bottle of revenge and corruption The two things that seem to push Ophelia over the edge Hamlets rejection and the death of her father are both the result of Hamlets failed attempts at revenge and Claudius refusal to be punished for his heinous crime
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