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How did Claudius die in Hamlet?

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Posted July 14, 2009 at 6:12 PM via web

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How did Claudius die in Hamlet?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 14, 2009 at 8:50 PM (Answer #1)

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A critical component of the play's resolution, Claudius' death is a result of "overscheming" and growing complications.  In the end, Claudius is tripped up by his own multiple plots against Hamlet; his queen dies by drinking the poisoned wine, intended to be a back-up plan to kill Hamlet, and Claudius himself is killed when Hamlet wounds him with the poisoned sword.  The death of Claudius seems a fitting end for the court of Denmark, which has become so corrosive and so twisted that multiple deaths seem unavoidable.  Such an end to such a complex character is worthy of reading for even some of the most dislikeable people in the work are complex and emotionally intricate, making their narratives of extreme interest.

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