Explain how nemises overtook a.) Claudius b.) Laertes c.) Gertrude d.) Hamletplzzz help outt...this question iz from the book Hamlet by William Shakespeare... i'll be very gald for anyone's...

Explain how nemises overtook

a.) Claudius

b.) Laertes

c.) Gertrude

d.) Hamlet

plzzz help outt...this question iz from the book Hamlet by William Shakespeare...

i'll be very gald for anyone's help!!

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A nemesis is generally a foe who seeks revenge; in a broader sense, it's any enemy.  I'm not sure these characters all have a true nemesis, but they each die because of someone else's actions.

Laertes - Hamlet is the one who kills Laertes, but he absolves Hamlet of guilt.  He understands, as he's dying, that Claudius fed his anger against Hamlet and used him to try to further his plans to kill Hamlet.

Claudius - He's only one of two in this play who does die at the hands of a true nemesis--Hamlet avenging his father's murder.

Gertrude -  She dies for much the same reason as Laertes, a casualty of Claudius's plot to kill Hamlet. 

Hamlet - While it is Laertes who inflicts Hamlet's fatal wound, Hamlet dies due to the scheming of Claudius.  Claudius is his true nemesis, in that the King has plotted and schemed to have him killed.

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