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What is the conclusion of "Hamlet?"

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billygurl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2009 at 5:35 AM via web

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What is the conclusion of "Hamlet?"

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 3, 2009 at 6:01 AM (Answer #1)

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As many of Shakespeare's plays end "Hamlet," is a tragedy with a great deal of death in the conclusion. The queen is dead from poison that was meant for Hamlet.  The king is dead of poison that was forced down his throat by Hamlet in revenge for the death of his father and now his mother.   Laertes tells Hamlet that they both will die because the rapier that each was cut with had been dipped in poison.  Fortinbras finally arrives home and finds out that he will finally be king, but he is really sad about it because he was good friends with Hamlet.   Hamlet tells Horatio to make sure everyone knows what happened to his family and what really went on so there will be no misinformation passed on to future generations.

 ”Fortinbras orders Hamlet’s body carried “like a soldier” to the stage, and says if Hamlet had had the chance, he would “have proved most royal.” He orders appropriate funeral rites for Hamlet, including the firing of ordnance, which ends the play.”

 

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 7, 2015 at 2:18 PM (Answer #3)

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Hamlet is a tortured soul. His father's ghost keeps visiting him and he learns that his uncle, Claudius, is the one who killed him. Claudius has now become king and married Hamlet's mother. Hamlet is bent of revenge, but it can be said that Hamlet was not crazy. He was a man driven by grief and revenge for the wrongs that were done to him.

When Ophelia commits suicide after her father's death, her brother, Laertes, comes and is angry and the king tells him that it was all Hamlet's fault. Laertes agrees to a sword fight with Hamlet and the king has dipped the tip of the sword with poison. He has also poisoned a goblet of wine in case Hamlet doesn't get cut by the sword. After Hamlet and Laertes are both cut by the sword, Laertes tells Hamlet the truth. He tells him that Claudius is the one behind the death of his mother and is the one who poisoned the sword. Hamlet rams the sword through Claudius and forces him to drink the poisoned wine, eventually killing him. Hamlet succumbs to the poison from the sword, but tells Horatio that he wants it to be known what really happened there. Horatio tells Fortinbras, the Norwegian prince, the whole story of Hamlet. Fortinbras orders that Hamlet be carried away in a manner fitting a fallen solider. 

Hamlet is such a tragic story. Hamlet was a man bent on revenge on the wrongs done to the people he loved. He was not crazy, he was just a man that loved his family and wanted justice for them.

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