How does Hamlet die a noble death in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"?This is one of the three points for an essay about Hamlet as a tragic hero.

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Shakespeare's Hamlet dies as a man who strives to claim the throne of Denmark in an effort to save his people from the nefarious rule of the murderous Claudius; as he lies dying, Hamlet nobly bequeaths the throne to Fortinbras.  In his remarks to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz in Act II, Hamlet ironically remarks,

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god:  the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.  And, yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust?  Man delights not me, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so. (II,ii,288-293)

When Hamlet conquers his depression, his tragic flaw which has hindered him from taking action, he then becomes the "man noble in reason" of whom he has spoken; he apologizes to Laertes, saying that his madness brought out his remarks.  Hamlet urges Laertes to reconcile with him although Laertes does not do so until near his end of the play.  Hamlet is "express and admirable in action" as he slays those who would do harm to Denmark, Claudius and Laertes; he is like a conquering god who has overcome the melancholy which has created doubt and lack of deliberation in him.