Essay Hamlet: Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

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Hamlet: Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword



        It is commonly said that if you play too close with the fire, you are

going to get burned.  This generally means that if you live a dangerous

lifestyle, then you will eventually falter and suffer the consequences.  In

Shakespeare's Hamlet, there are many cases where characters are killed because

they lived a murderous lifestyle.  Claudius murders his own brother and is then

murdered himself.  Laertes kills Hamlet but is killed himself before Hamlet dies.

Hamlet murders Polonius and Laertes avenges his father by killing Hamlet.  The

lives and deaths of these three individuals are inextricably
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        In Hamlet's case, he devotes his own life to destroying Claudius.  He

accidentally kills Polonius in the process.  Hamlet lives quite recklessly and

doesn't pay close attention to his surroundings.  For his crimes of murder,

Hamlet pays the ultimate price as God takes his life from him.  Hamlet

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