In Hamlet, how might the crimes committed and their motivations be interpreted? I'd like an anlysis of this topic, please.

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The first and most important crime that was committed in "Hamlet" is the killing of old King Hamlet by his own brother, Claudius.  Claudius poured poison in his brother's ear while the old king slept in his garden.  Claudius tells us in Act 3, sc. 3 that he committed this crime because he wanted the crown, he wanted Gertrude, and because he was ambitious.  Those were his motivations and even he realizes that possessing them prevents him from getting salvation.  He knows he's committed a mortal sin as well as a crime that would probably result in his own death.  There is no upside to his motivation and no justification.

The next important crime is the killing of Polonius at Hamlet's hand in Act 3, sc. 4.  Hamlet is highly incensed in this scene after the interrupted play.  He has been called to his mother's room filled with the knowledge that his uncle, his mother's husband, killed his father.  He does not understand why his mother married Claudius and now he is probably...

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