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What is the conclusion of "Hamlet?"

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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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