Hamlet: RevengeHamlet, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic play consisting of numerousdeaths. The deaths that took place played a very important role in theunfolding of the play. In reading this play the reader can almost guess who wasgoing to die.A prince named Hamlet is the main character.
Hamlet is a collegestudent who one day planned to take over the throne in Denmark, but treacherywould spoil all of Hamlet’s plans. The King, Hamlet’s father, was found dead inan orchard where he spent much of his time. All of the King’s subjects,including Hamlet, thought his majesty died because of a snake bite. Hamlet wasdevastated when he learned of his father’s death, but what made him more uneasywas the fact that Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, remarried so quickly to the brotherof the dead King.
The brother would be the one who would betray Hamlet.Horatio, a loyal friend to Hamlet, was on night watch outside the castle,he told the prince of an incident when they saw an apparition who resembledKing Hamlet. Hamlet came out the next night hoping to see the ghost. Sureenough, the ghost appeared and called to Hamlet, wanting to speak with him. Thespirit talked about how Claudius poisoned the King while he was sleeping, “Tisgiven out that, sleeping in my orchard,/ a serpent stung me (1.5, 36) but itwas not a snake that the ghost is referring to. The spirit wanted the prince toavenge his murder.
All was quiet in the kingdom until the start of Hamlet’s supposedinsanity. The Prince was with his mother talking when the prince noticedsomeone in the room. Hamlet thought it was Claudius, “How now? A rat? Deadfor a ducat, dead! ” (3.
4,25) Indeed Hamlet killed someone; but it was notClaudius, twas Polonius who was slain.Time had gone by and supposedly Hamlet was getting worse, so Claudiusdecided to send Hamlet to an asylum in England. Hamlet escaped and returned toDenmark and hid. While Hamlet was away, Ophelia, Hamlet’s girlfriend, wasacting strangely.Although it was never admitted, Ophelia had become insane. It was herinsanity thatAs Hamlet was hiding in the graveyard, a funeral procession approachedhim, but he did not know whose funeral it was.
Hamlet finally found that it wasOphelia who had died. Even though Hamlet was hurt emotionally, Laertes was theone who was hurt the worst. Laertes had these worlds to say, “O treble woe/Fall ten times treble on that cursed head/ Whose wicked deed thy most ingenioussense/ Deprived thee of.
(5.1, 246-248) Laertes blamed Hamlet for the deaths ofPolonius and Ophelia and challenged Hamlet to a fencing dual which would berigged by Claudius and Laertes. The end of Laerte’s sword would be poisoned; asa backup plan, if Hamlet would happen to win, the King would toast Hamlet’svictory.
Hamlet’s drink would be poisoned, though.During the fight, the queen drank the poisoned wine and fell to herdeath. Laertes landed a deadly blow to Hamlet; but in a scuffle, the swordsexchanged hands and Hamlet also landed a vital blow. Laertes died there after amoment, but just before Hamlet died with Laertes, he stabbed the King with thecursed sword.
Hamlet also made Claudius drink the poisoned wine. Before Hamletspoke his last word, he asked Horatio to tell people what happened and give thethrone to Fortinbras, a neighboring leader.Just after Hamlet died, Horatio had these words to say of Hamlet, “Nowcracks a noble heart, good night sweet prince,/ And flights of angels sing theeto thy rest.
(5.2, 361-362) These famous words will be remembered for a longtime.Even though Hamlet dies he still accomplishes his mission of bringingdown Claudius. Denmark now, will have a good King who will not commit anyconspiracy against the people.