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  • Hamlet’s repeated indecision prevents him from immediately killing Claudius, indirectly causing every other death in the play.
  • Hamlet believes he is clever enough to beat Claudius and Laertes in any challenge. In the fencing match, Laertes takes advantage of this to poison Hamlet with his fencing blade.
  • Hamlet proves to himself that Claudius is guilty, but now Claudius knows he has to kill Hamlet. His first attempt fails, but he arranges a duel between Hamlet and Laertes.
  • The whole play is set in motion when the Ghost of King Hamlet tells the prince that it is Claudius who killed him.
  • Hamlet's failure to act immediately leads the duel between Hamlet and Laertes, where both men are poisoned and die.
  • Horatio was left to tell the story while the King of Norway usurps Denmark.
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