How did Claudius die in Hamlet?
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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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