Justification of Hamlets deeds
In this essay I am going to discuss why the actions of Hamlet are justifiable and can be excused. I am going to do this by discussing Hamlet's actions and the consequences these actions had for the characters.
At the end of the play Hamlet asks Horatio to tell the story of Hamlet so that people will understand what happened 'Hamlet: Thou livest; report me and my cause aright To the unsatisfied' V.ii 317-318. Hamlet wills Horatio to show the world why his actions were justifiable. Horatio speaks of what kind of actions took place and states that he will show us, the audience, how they came to be 'How these things came about.......truly deliver' V.ii ...view middle of the document...
iv 23-25. This act was an act out of passion, a spur of the moment thing. He has mistaken Polonius for Claudius 'Hamlet: I took the for thy better' III.iv 33, in Hamlet's eyes this situation of mistaken identity justifies the act. Further justification comes from that fact that Polonius was eavesdropping and so brought upon his own death 'Hamlet: Take thy fortune...danger III.vi 34-35.
The second action is the death of Ophelia which is not truly his fault because she took her own life. This is justifiable because he did not force her hand in doing so. The death of her father drover her into madness.
This is followed by the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Hamlet acted out of self defense. He had to choose between being killed by the English or forcing their hand by changing the letter making them kill his two best friends. The fact that it was an act out of self defense makes it justifiable.
At the end of the play a small massacre takes place ending the lives of nearly all the characters except for Horatio. The death of Leartes during the duel can be justified by arguing that Hamlet merely wounded Laertes but beacause the tip of the sword was...