Hamlet Questions and Answers
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Who "wins" in Hamlet? How?

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The Quick answer: No one! The more involved answer: Morality oozes from the lines of Hamlet. While the foundation of the play is clearly revenge, it can certainly be seen as a lesson, not in how to revenge oneself upon his or her enemies, but on the downfalls that follow revenge. Hamlet’s world is turned upside down by his quest to revenge his father’s death by killing his murderer, Claudius . He finds himself trapped in indecision, unable to act. The actual revenge act, to kill, could be very simple but instead Hamlet spends his hundreds of lines (more lines in fact than any other Shakespearian character) deciding how best to act and not actually acting. Because...

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i really dont think anyone wins because they all die for the most part except the townspeople who were watching the fight as you would call it.

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It is very strange question. Even the child can give its answer by saying Hamlet. In dramas or moves, importance is paid to hero, and he has proved to be hero having won the ground. It is widely accepted that Hamlet is in double Dutch. At the end all characters die, but one thing must be admitted that virtue is rewarded and vice is punished. In Hamlet, the tussle is between hero and villain, and it is shrewdness of the villain who opposes the other to him. So it is compulsory to eradicate the bad thing and for that the hero wants heroism. Hamlet fights against him but fortune favours the villain and delay takes place that stands against the hero. The hero has to tolerate sorrows given by his mother, by the death of his beloved and by skillfulness of his uncle. Laerates comes to avenge of his sister, though Hamlet did not kill but loved her. At last duel takes place between Hamlet and Laerates. During fight, Gertrude takes poisonous drink unknowingly, kept for the winner .she dies and Hamlet kills Claudius. Both the warriors are wounded by the poison-tipped sword. He takes revenge and at the end he dies, for he is a tragic hero. Through this element he wins pity. His dying at the end, wining pity is the proof of his success because the audience accepts him as the hero and the winner. All the characters play role to get him won the ground .So his success is posthumous.