Which characters view the ending as bloody carnage and which as poetic justice? Why such confusion?

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byanyothername | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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This is a very interesting question. I would have to say that all of the characters view the ending of Hamlet as bloody carnage. For one thing most of them are dead at the end of the play: Hamlet, Laertes, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, and many more! Those who are left alive are broken. And yet they find themselves facing an impending war. The only possible justice is that, yes, Claudius the murderer of Hamlet's father is dead, but who is really left to appreciate this "justice"? Simply bloody carnage.


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