Hamlet wants to assure that Claudius not only dies, but suffers in Hell. At the end of the play, Hamlet succeeds his goal in murdering Claudius, and stabs him with a poisoned sword.
Throughout Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet and Laertes develop into contrasting characters. Laertes discovers that Hamlet is responsible for the death of his father Polonius and as well the early death of his sister Ophelia. Claudius uses his manipulative skills to convince Laertes that Hamlet should be killed and pay for what he has done to Polonius. Claudius’ clever act influences Laertes to seek immediate revenge on Hamlet for the murder of his father and for the relationship he had with his sister, Ophelia. “How came he dead? I’ll not be juggled with/To hell allegiance, vows to the blackest devil/ Conscience and grace to the profoundest pit! I dare damnation/To this point I stand/That both the words I give to negligence/Let come what comes, only I’ll be revenged/Most thoroughly for my father”(IV.V.127-133). Hamlet comes clean to Laertes about murdering Polonius, and tries to explain that he was not himself; however there was no stopping Laertes while he was drowning in such anger and rage. After plotting to kill Hamlet, Laertes poisons the tip of the sword in which he plans to use to murder Hamlet. However, during the duel the swords somehow mix up, and Hamlet strikes Laertes with the poisoned sword. Laertes was responsible for his own tragic death all