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Body 2 Topic Sentence

As a result of Hamlet’s delay of vengeance and

pretended madness, his fate, and the fate of

others is death; furthermore, it is a fate that

cannot be escaped due to Hamlet’s all too late

awareness to rectify the situation. Though the

destruction – the loss of life – is great, in the

end, it is all for the greater good of society as

well as for Fortinbras and Hamlet.


Body 2 - Evidence to Support TS
The death of Ophelia, though caused by Claudius, is
one that Hamlet is somewhat responsible for as well. His
treatment of her, while pretending to be insane, and the
fact that he killed her father, Polonius, drove her to
madness. Hamlet made Ophelia believe he loved her
despite the fact of their differing levels of society. He
had, in fact, even written her love letters in which he told
her she could go so far as to “ . . . doubt the stars are fire
[and] . . . that the sun doth move” before ever doubting
his love for her (II. ii. 124-127). Later, in Act III, Hamlet
verbally abused and mentally confused Ophelia when he
told her he never loved her, called her two-faced, and
ordered her, “[g]et thee to a nunnery . . . [to avoid being]
a breeder of sinners” (i. 120-131). Gertrude, later in the
play, announces Ophelia’s death as “[o]ne woe . . .
[treading] upon another’s . . . [when she described it as
though Ophelia] fell in the weeping brook . . . mermaid-
like . . . incapable of her . . . distress . . . [until] her
garments, heavy with . . . [water dragged] the poor
wretch . . . to muddy death” (IV. vii. 187-208).
Now, keep in mind, this is but one piece of evidence/one death discussed. You have
Gertrude’s and Hamlet’s for which to provide evidence from the play. You also still have to
address the destruction column.

The death of Ophelia “destroyed” Hamlet – remember how he reacted when he


found out it was her they were burying. Laertes was, in a way, also “destroyed.” He was no
longer himself; instead, he became bloodthirsty – willing to do whatever as Claudius’s ally
– to avenge the murder of his father and the death of his sister.

Hamlet, as a result of his error in judgment deciding to act crazy, brought about
massive destruction: the murder of Polonius, the murder of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern,
the death of Ophelia, the death of his mother, the death of Laertes, and ultimately, his own
demise. The outcome, though described by Fortinbras as one more appropriate for a
battlefield than court (V. ii. 448), does come with some more positive consequences. Though
not as originally planned, Hamlet, Fortinbras, and Laertes all avenge the death of their
fathers; furthermore, Denmark is no longer under the rule of the corrupt, murdering King
Claudius. One can logically assume that, if based only on his treatment and respectful
words of Hamlet, that Fortinbras will provide a significantly more stable leadership for the
country moving forward.