Hamlet My Own Treachery Analysis

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In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Laertes claimed, “I am justly kill'd with mine own treachery”. Much like Hamlet, Laertes set himself up for his own destruction. The story began when an apparition of Hamlet’s father appears. Hamlet followed the requests of his father’s ghost to avenge his death. After the encounter with the apparition, Hamlet’s entire motive in life changed, and his every decision is then lead by revenge. After putting on a play in front of King Claudius that exposed his murdering of Hamlet’s father, Hamlet goes to his mother. He was physical with her and ended up stabbing Polonius to death thinking it was the king. Hamlet was then banished where he discovered the Norwegian army is headed to take over the kingdom. Hamlet returned …show more content…
Others might argue that King Claudius was to blame for every death that occurred because his original actions in killing Hamlet’s father lead to every other event that happened throughout the play. Although Claudius may have had a small part in the characters’ deaths, Hamlet was the ultimate cause of these tragedies. Hamlet is responsible for his mother Gertrude’s death because he angered Claudius into getting the idea of poisoning the drink in the first place. The theatre’s Greek styled play is a large factor in Claudius’ idea of killing Hamlet. Hamlet made it very clear during the play in letting Claudius know that he knew about the murder of his father. This made Claudius both angry and scared. We know this when he calls out, “Give me some light, away!” (Act 3, Scene 2, 270). These emotions later lead to his decision to poison Hamlet’s drink, which leads to the accidental death of Gertrude. Hamlet was also the reason his lover Ophelia went mad and killed herself. Ophelia believed Hamlet loved her back, but Hamlet rejected her. At first, he claimed, “This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once” (Act 3, Scene 1, 115-116) and soon after said, “ I loved you not” (Act 3, Scene 1, 120). This claim, whether true or not, eventually helped play a part in her madness, and thus to her death. Hamlet is to blame or his own death as well. The death of Polonius’ reckless murder greatly angered Laertes who later decided to duel Hamlet with a poisoned sword in revenge. Laertes declared, “I give to negligence... only I'll be revenged most thoroughly for my father” (Act 4, Scene 5, 139-141). A small cut from the poisoned blade was what killed Hamlet in the end. Because of Hamlet’s decisions, he is to blame for the deaths of Gertrude, Ophelia, and

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