How does Hamlet show that everyone gets what they deserve?not specifically the character of Hamlet but other characters as well
clairewait | Certified Educator
First of all, because this play is a tragedy - we know all of the main characters are probably going to die by the end. This means that while many get what they deserved - many will also get something they perhaps didn't deserve.
- Polonius is stabbed while spying on Hamlet - perhaps Laertes and Ophelia don't deserve to lose their father, but it could be argued Polonius deserved to die.
- Queen Gertrude drinks from the poisoned cup - she may not have deserved to die (or perhaps she did for marrying her dead husband's brother so soon after his death) - but certainly Claudius deserves to have his murder plan backfire.
- Claudius is killed by Hamlet in a climactic rage - deserved.
- Laertes also dies by the poisoned sword intended for Hamlet - did he deserve this? He did, afterall, go along with the plan to kill Hamlet - but he was somewhat uninformed of the whole story.
- Hamlet dies by the poisoned sword - did he deserve this? Some would argue he could have prevented it by taking revenge on Claudius sooner...
- Ophelia commits suicide - arguably the most tragic victim in the play.