Describe the circumstances leading up to Hamlet's killing of Claudius in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

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At the beginning of the play, Hamlet is disheartened by the death of his father and the fact that his mother has quickly married his unscrupulous uncle, Claudius. Hamlet then speaks to his father's ghost, who tells him that Claudius assassinated him while he was sleeping in the orchard and instructs him to avenge his death. After learning that Claudius killed his father, Hamlet begins to feign madness in order to confuse the king as Claudius and Polonius begin to spy on him. In order to confirm that the ghost is actually telling the truth, Hamlet instructs a group of actors to reenact King Hamlet's murder while he carefully watches Claudius's reaction. During the Mousetrap scene, Hamlet watches Claudius run out of the room, which confirms that he assassinated the king. Hamlet continues to hesitate and misses the perfect opportunity to kill Claudius while he is praying alone.

Shortly after hesitating, Hamlet speaks to his mother and impetuously kills Polonius, who was eavesdropping behind an...

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