The Death Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

1990 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, Claudius establishes himself as responsible for the death and destruction of many characters through the heinous act of murdering his brother, King Hamlet. Early in the play, a ghost, who resembles the dead King, appears to Hamlet and tells him the truth about his death. He was in fact murdered by Claudius. Hamlet becomes vengeful and begins to take on an act of lunacy. After Hamlet discovers the truth of his father’s death, his need for revenge escalates and causes a chain of events that influence many of the character’s actions and behaviors all leading back to Claudius. Through the murder of King Hamlet, Claudius sparks something within young Hamlet that causes him to transition from sane to insane throughout the course of the play.

Shortly after the death of the King, Claudius marries Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet’s emotional conversion is triggered by the sudden second marriage of his Mother and Uncle which influences his odd behavior. When Hamlet enters with a grim expression, Gertrude comments, “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off...Do not forever with thy vailed lids Seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that live must die” (Shakespeare 1.2. 70-4). Hamlet is grieving the loss of his father, yet Gertrude and Claudius have no respect for his emotions and are acting as if nothing has happened. Instead, the entire kingdom is celebrating the new marriage, which upsets Hamlet because…

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