Can you briefly describe the theme of murder in Hamlet?

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Well, you've got the most obvious example--the murder of King Hamlet by his brother, Claudio.  This is done for ambition...the desire for the crown and perhaps even the Queen.  You might include pictures of brothers, a crown, poison in the ear, royalty, or ghosts.

There are several other murders in Hamlet, though.  There is the murder of Polonius which is a case of mistaken identity since Polonius is hiding behind the tapestry in the Queen's bedchambers and Hamlet thinks it is Claudius.  Polonius is guilty of brown-nosing and being nosy in general.  You might include a photo of a nosy neighbor or a court jester (Polonious is portrayed in the play as sort of an idiot).

There are the murders of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in England.  This is carried out by the King of England on the orders of King Claudius, but it was supposed to be Hamlet who was the victim.  R & G are also bumbling idiots who have their noses in business where they don't belong.  They are Hamlet's friends from school, so you might have photos or pictures of school friends (maybe in school uniforms?) or school books to indicate their deaths.

Don't forget the murders of Gertrude (she drank he poisoned wine with the pearl in it...she tells Hamlet it was the wine and she realizes it was Claudius' doing), Laertes (he is stabbed with the poisoned sword and he confesses his treacherous plan with Claudius) and Claudius (Hamlet stabs him with the fateful sword and makes him drink the poisoned wine).  You might choose a sword, a wine goblet with a pearl, another crown, perhaps?

Of course, there is also Hamlet's murder.  He has fallen victim of the poisoned sword as well, but not before he has suffered the deaths of his beloved mother and friend, Laertes, and exacted his revenge on Claudius.  It might be neat if you could find a skull and crossed bones to represent all the greed and death which takes place in the final act. 

I've included some links to pictures associated with the play.  Good Luck and have fun...sounds like a neat project.

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