The Tragedy Of Hamlet


In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the death of a character becomes a
frequent event. Although many people lose their lives as a result of their
own self-centered wrong-doing, there are others whose deaths are a result
of manipulation from the royalty. This is the case of Polonius' family.
The real tragedy of Hamlet is not that of Hamlet or his family but of
Polonius' family because their deaths were not the consequence of sinful
actions of their own but rather by their innocent involvement in the
schemes of Claudius and Hamlet.

The first character to die in Hamlet is Polonius. Although Polonius
often acts in a deceitful manner when dealing with Hamlet, it is only
because he is ...

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the true nature of the situation he is in, is killed by a member
of the royalty during the execution of one of their schemes. This makes
Polonius' death a tragedy.

The next member of Polonius' family to die is his daughter Ophelia.
Ophelia's death is tragic because of her complete innocence in the
situation. Some may argue that Polonius deserves his fate because of his
deceitfulness in dealing with Hamlet while he is mad, but Ophelia is
entirely manipulated and used by Hamlet and the king for their own selfish
reasons. An example of how Ophelia is used by Hamlet takes place in Act II,
scene i, when Hamlet uses her to convince his family he is mad. Ophelia
explains to Polonius how Hamlet has scared her, causing Polonius to draw
the conclusion that Hamlet has an "antic disposition". Although this is
subject to interpretation and many believe that this is simply Hamlet
taking one last look at Ophelia before he becomes engaged in his plan to
kill Claudius, the fact that he ...

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