The Consequences Of Death In Hamlet

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In the tragic play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet is a teenager and the son of the murdered King Hamlet. In light of King Hamlet’s death, Claudius, the brother of King Hamlet, takes the throne as well as his wife, Gertrude. In multiple scenes of the play King Hamlet’s ghost appears and asks Hamlet to get revenge on Claudius, who had murdered him. Hamlet’s thoughts of suicide due to the murder of his father cause him to begin to go insane, however the idea of killing Claudius causes Hamlet to begin to act more strangely and contemplate decisions such as love, and getting revenge on Claudius. Although Hamlet’s murder of King Claudius could be considered an immoral act, the justified killing will ease both Hamlet’s mental state and the unsettled state of the country.
Claudius’ lack of control will cause Denmark to be attacked by Norway, so killing Claudius will cause the country to no longer be in decline. After celebrating the marriage of Gertrude and Claudius, the now King, announces a letter that has been sent by Fortinbras of Norway. According to Claudius, Fortinbras has “a weak supposal of our worth/...colleagued with this dream of his advantage,/ he hath not failed to pester us with message/ importing the surrender of those lands/ lost by his father (I.ii. 17-24). Fortinbras’s dream of acquiring the lands in Poland causes great tension between the two countries, especially since Claudius is pestered and perturbed by the weak idea. By reading this Claudius is
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