Fatal Flaws in Hamlet
In the ending to Shakespeare's Hamlet, each of the main characters fatal flaws leads them inevitably to their destruction. The process of the play could not lead one anywhere else but to their ultimate fate. Claudius is basically an opportunist whose blind ambition erases his moral sense. Gertrude, through the eyes of Hamlet, is to eager to remarry her husbands brother. Hamlet himself, driven both by his need for vengeance and his inability to act was perhaps as guilty as anyone else in the play because his behavior indirectly resulted in the deaths of Ophelia, Rosencratz and Goldenstein. In each of these characters, the lack of the firm moral structure leads them in only one direction which is toward their death. In the ending of the play, then, is both inevitable and fitting given the evidence that precede it.
In the case of Claudius, his actions betray a moral feeling from the start. Having first murdered his brother in cold blood, he then proceeded to compound his crime by marrying his brother's wife so soon after his brother's death that the church labeled the marriage incestuous. He then provided many reasons, but it is clear to the reader that his is after power and will let nothing stand in his way. He can hardly escape punishment and throughout the play he seems more and more evil and the reader finds himself rooting for Hamlet to kill him. In this sense, his death at the end seems a satisfactory punishment.
Gertrude's crime, in Hamlet's eyes is her seeming indifference to the death of her first husband and her haste to remarry. Hamlet appears to think ...