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Claudius Character Analysis in Shakespeare Play - King Claudius, as illustrated in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, displays both charm and eloquence. Claudius is an intelligent person and is able to deceive people into believing he is innocent and morally guided. He is adept at manipulating people in order to advance and maintain his own power and fails to show any remorse for his actions. Claudius utilizes his linguistic skills to portray himself as an innocent and prudent leader; however, upon further inspection his diction is a mere smoke screen that hides his manipulative and cunning nature....   [tags: hamlet, king claudius, shakespeare] 715 words
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Robert Graves’ I, Claudius - Capturing a Strange Moment in History - Robert Graves’ I, Claudius - Capturing a Strange Moment in History Tiberius' reign over the Roman Empire stretched the longest of any emperor during Claudius' lifetime. This may be a good reason why Robert Graves, in his historical novel published in 1934, “I, Claudius” devoted more than a third of it to the reign of Tiberius. “I, Claudius”, told through the eyes of the "half-wit" Claudius, records the history of the first Imperial family at Rome, including the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, and even Claudius himself....   [tags: Claudius]
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King Claudius: A Villain or Victim? - In the play Hamlet, Claudius is known as the villain of the play. He is the lead antagonist who is characterized as a cunning, incestuous, and vile, usurper. Many readers and critics of the play do not dispute this perception, especially after reading how Claudius became the King of Denmark; He steals the throne by poisoning his brother, the previous king, and quickly marrying Queen Gertrude his widowed sister in law (1.5.42, 60-74). The general reading of Claudius’s character paints him to be a corrupt, cowardly politician, in addition to being Hamlet’s (the protagonist) foe....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1171 words
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Claudius, the Unorthodox Tragic Hero - An Aristotelian’s tragic hero is a person of nobility who is ill-fated by a defect - seemingly intertwined with attributes that make him/her prosperous - in his/her character. Usually the protagonist, a tragic hero is commended for his/her honorable traits and is depicted to be the victim in most works of literature. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the traditional portrayal of a tragic hero is defied: in lieu of being the victim, the tragic hero becomes the culprit of the play. By instilling the antagonist, King Claudius, with honorable qualities like that of a tragic hero, Shakespeare demonstrates that a person is never at the extreme ends of the moral spectrum but rather at the center:...   [tags: hamlet, shakespeare, tragic hero]
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Similarities Between Hamlet and Claudius - Nature versus nurture is a common sociological theory that has the ability to be used on anyone. Nature means the way someone was born or their genes, and nurture is someone’s environment. People argue which affects a person more. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there have been numerous arguments saying that his uncle Claudius is actually his father due to their similarities. With the argument of nature versus nurture one can argue that they act so much alike because Hamlet’s environment growing up was being around Claudius....   [tags: gertrude, male figure]
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Hamlet and Claudius’ Power Struggle - One main theme that arises in the Hamlet is the power struggle between Hamlet and Claudius. The main problem is between Hamlet and Claudius; they are in an ongoing battle throughout the play to see who will rise with the power of the throne. Claudius is the antagonist in the story and has multiple people under him that follow his every rule (Innes). He is a manipulative character who seeks revenge on Hamlet through other people he knows. On the other hand, Hamlet is the protagonist of the story, he is very unhappy after finding out the news of how his father had been killed (Innes)....   [tags: denmark, old hamlet, william shakespeare]
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Analysis of Hamlet and Claudius - The Achilles heel of Wilson’s argument is his repetitive use of the word causality and the hypocritical manner in which he approaches Hamlet and Claudius respectively. He implores his audience to disavow or “refuse to be diverted from a clear vision by questions of praise and blame, responsibility and causality” (Wilson Knight, G. 1957: 186) in terms of how the audience views Hamlet but re-introduces causality in terms of Claudius who “as he appears in the play is not a criminal. He is-strange as it may seem- a good and gentle king, enmeshed by the chain of causality linking him with his crime.(Wilson Knight, G....   [tags: WIlson Knight, William Shakespeare]
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Claudius: A Good Politician - In the tragedy Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet’s archrival, and main antagonist, Claudius, is evidently displayed to the audience as an insidious, incestuous, and murdering usurper. However, despite his foul traits as a human being, Claudius exemplifies respectable characteristics of a successful politician. He demonstrates the ability to manipulate others into doing his biding, to keep democratic peace in his kingdom, and to put his kingship at the upmost importance. Shakespeare makes a point of showing his audience that it does not necessarily take a virtuous man to be a thriving king....   [tags: Shakespeare] 1549 words
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Hamlet's Characterization of Claudius - Hamlet’s characterization of Claudius isn’t fair and is biased as a result of his grief and the image he holds up in his mind of his dead father. He seems to be caught up in the differences between Claudius and Old Hamlet; he doesn’t see that for all his damning of Claudius, he is much more like the new King in personality and character than he ever was like his dead father who he elevated to status of god on earth. In Hamlet’s failing to see Claudius as anything but an underhanded, murderous tyrant, Shakespeare gives the audience an opportunity to see all sides of the new King through other characters and lets the audience make up their mind as to whether Hamlet is right or wrong....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Robert Graves: I, Claudius - In the book I, Claudius written by the novelist Robert Graves is a fictional autobiography about a man named, Tiberius Claudius who lives in Ancient Greece. He has some tremendous conflicts within himself which the author shows through his use of characterization and imagery. Born on the July 24, 1885, Robert Graves was born into a family of a well diverse European heritage with his family tree full of Irish, Scottish, German, English, and Danish natives. He was also born into an awfully wealthy family so he was well off as a child....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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Claudius' Speech - William Shakespeare’s Hamlet revolves around Hamlet’s quest to avenge his father’s murder. Claudius’ first speech as King at the beginning of Scene 2, Act 1 introduces the themes of hierarchy, incest and appearance versus reality and plays the crucial role of revealing Claudius’ character as part of the exposition. The audience is left skeptical after Horatio’s questioning of King Hamlet’s ghost in the first scene of the play. By placing Claudius’ pompous speech immediately after the frightening appearance of Hamlet’s ghost, Shakespeare contrasts the mournful atmosphere in Denmark to the fanfare at the palace and makes a statement about Claudius’ hypocrisy....   [tags: Plays] 1144 words
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Evaluating Claudius's Leadership - ... This not only fortifies his position as leader, it benefits the state because it maintains peace and unity within the body. It would be far easier for a conquering force to enter and take over if there is dissension within the country. Finally, it is important for a leader to keep his personal and professional lives separate, and not let the two mix or one influence the decisions of another. Claudius may use questionable means to attain his power, but once he is King he uses his shrewd abilities to maintain Denmark’s strength and he is ultimately the better candidate for the king’s position....   [tags: Shakespeare's Hamlet] 975 words
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Exploring the Leadership of Roman Emperor Claudius - In this essay we are going to discuss whether Claudius was an effective ruler. In order to achieve an answer to this, we will also discuss how he governed his empire and how he went about administrating laws and provinces. To start with, however, it is best to briefly introduce Claudius before he became emperor. This will help us to understnad his situation and how past events effected his ruling. Claudius was the great nephew of Augustus, and so was part of the most important family in rome at the time....   [tags: world history] 2460 words
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Hamlet - Claudius - Hamlet - Claudius What could be worse than killing your brother. Marrying his wife right after. Claudius is the shadiest character in Act I of Hamlet. Claudius had poured the juice of a hebenon (henbane; a very poisonous plant) into his brother’s, Hamlet Sr.’s ear. Hamlet Sr. died quickly but was “doomed for a certain term to walk the night.” Claudius then hurriedly married Gertrude and became king. Hamlet knows none of this however, yet already holds certain contempt for his step-father/uncle....   [tags: essays papers] 386 words
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Claudius in Hamlet - Claudius in Hamlet “Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them.” - Nicolo Machiavelli, from The Prince Italian political theorist Nicolo Machiavelli speculated that the strongest leaders are ones who are able to carefully balance appearances to his benefit, strategically using them to strengthen his regime. If Machiavelli was indeed correct, then Claudius, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starts off as an ideal Machiavellian prince....   [tags: Papers] 916 words
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Claudius Is Me - O wretched state. O bosom black as death. O limed soul, that, struggling to be free, Art more engaged. Help, angles. Make assay. Claudius, What have you done. I regretted all of this. It is a big mistake, and I wish I could go back in time. I was so mad for power, wealth, love and money, that I killed my own brother, King Hamlet by pouring a small bottle of poison into his ear. I don¡¦t know how did his son, my nephew, Hamlet knows about my sin. I did it so superstitious, and carefully at night when no one was around....   [tags: essays research papers] 431 words
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The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Claudius in Hamlet        Shakespeare presents Claudius as a character with many faces yet the audience can clearly understand his motives and ambition throughout the play. His character does however change and we clearly see how his evilness and weakness increases as his need to escape discovery and his clandestine nature in doing so, is revealed.       It is in Act one scene two that we are first introduced to the character of Claudius. The impression made by him is that of a powerful and controlled man who is respected by most....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Hypocrisy of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - “‘Forgive me my foul murder’. That cannot be; since I am still possess’d of those effects for which I did murder-.” (III.ii.52-6) The hypocritical Claudius proclaims the aforementioned prayer, but is Claudius’ prayer superficial. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is teeming with deceit, incest, and hypocrisy; all of which are clearly portrayed through Claudius. Shakespeare obscures Claudius’ sinister characteristics through hypocrisy, but as the play develops, Claudius’ Mephistophelian nature becomes evident....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Hamlet Essays] 1645 words
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Shakespeare's Presentation Of Claudius In Hamlet - Shakespeare's Presentation Of Claudius In Hamlet 'Hamlet' opens with the death of Old King Hamlet, Father of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The new king, Claudius, brother of the previous king has married Gertrude, the dead man's widow and has taken the throne. Shakespeare presents Claudius as the plays 'damned smiley villain' although he does allow him some redeeming features; leading an audience to view him as a complex and contradictory figure within the play. After Old King Hamlet dies Claudius is crowned king of Denmark and talks to the people as though he has sympathy and is saddened by his brother's death 'and that it is us befitted to bear out hearts in gri...   [tags: William Shakespeare Tragedy of Hamlet] 1666 words
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The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Claudius in Hamlet As a supporting character in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Claudius is not developed to his full potential. His primary role in the play is to initiate Hamlet's confusion and anger, and his subsequent search for truth and life's meaning. But Claudius is certainly not a static character. While Claudius’ qualities are not as thoroughly explored as Hamlet's,  the treacherous King of Denmark is a complete character. When we first see Claudius, he strikes us an intelligent and capable ruler....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Claudius in Hamlet     Although he has committed several grave crimes, not least of which is the murder of his own brother, it must also be remembered that Claudius is a competent statesman and an accepted King. "The people of Denmark are not in rebellion against him, nor is the court" (Freeman 73). Indeed the court has "freely gone with this affair along" and supported both his accession and his marriage to Gertrude. He also averts an invasion by Young Fortinbras by clever statesmanship and diplomatic intervention through Fortinbras's uncle, the King of Norway and we also see that he is skilled in manipulating his courtiers, amongst whom the only dissenting voice is that...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Hamlets Reasons For Not Killing His Uncle, Claudius - ... (Jared) Jones also argued that Hamlet suffered from Oedipus complex and that was the reasoning for all his erratic behavior and primarily the reason why Hamlet could not kill Claudius. Because, if Hamlet would have killed Claudius he would have had to admit to himself that he had stronger, questionable feelings for his mother. (Jared) “Hamlets repressed unconscious sexual desire for his mother, as well as his lingering boyhood view of his father as a rival is brought to the surface when he learns of the murder.” (Jones) In order to not admit his hidden desire he is forced to constantly make up accuses as to why he could not go about seeking revenge on his uncle....   [tags: shakespeare, oedipus-complex, mystery] 1949 words
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The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Claudius in Hamlet It is easy to overlook some of Claudius' villainy. He may not rant and rave, nor pluck out eyes on stage or hands, or tongues, nor does he conspire with crafty rationality like Edmund or Iago in Othello, nor bake little children in a pie. But as the murderer, usurper, and incestuous step-father, Claudius is one of Shakespeare's greatest villains. His distinguishing features are hypocrisy and subterfuge. He is clever in a worldly sense, a flattering strategist, good at manipulating his courtiers, at double-speak....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 564 words
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King Claudius: The Villain In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, revenge is a common theme throughout the play. Almost every major male character in the play, whether it is Prince Hamlet, Laertes, the Ghost of King Hamlet, or King Fortinbras of Norway, is acting with purpose to avenge a death. The obvious exception to this trend in the play is Claudius, King of Denmark and brother of King Hamlet. Instead of possessing a noble or vengeful purpose throughout the play, Claudius is instead motivated by more evil qualities like his greed and deceptive natures....   [tags: Hamlet Essays] 684 words
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Claudius - Claudius The emperor, Claudius, was a man with great integrity, individuality, common sense, patriotism and determination. From his struggles as a child to his death, was a remarkable journey. Many historians today and ancient Rome have placed him amongst the greats of all time. Despite his physical disabilities and background, Tiberius Claudius Nero contributed much to the greatness of the Roman Empire. Tiberius Claudius Nero is the youngest son of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia (Daughter of Antony and Octavia), giving him royal blood....   [tags: Ancient Rome Roman History] 1279 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - King Claudius - Hamlet’s King Claudius       Salvador de Madariaga in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern” discusses from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Claudius’ relationship with the two emissaries and friends of Hamlet, who were escorting the prince to his execution in England:   The two young men receive from the King a commission which, whatever the King’s secret intentions may be, is honorable. Hamlet, the King in fact tells them, is not what he was. The cause of the change "I cannot dream of."   Therefore, I beg you so by your companies   To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather So much as from occasion you may glean Whether aught to us unknown afflicts him thus That opened lies within our r...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Claudius, the Central Antagonist in Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Claudius, the Central Antagonist in Shakespeare’s Hamlet An important factor of any fictional story is the antagonist, or a person who conflicts with the protagonist – the “hero” of the story (Encarta). As many have come to the realization already, Claudius is the main antagonist to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Uncle to Prince Hamlet, King of Denmark and Husband of Gertrude, Claudius is quite a character. Imagine the guilt and anxiety brought about by killing one’s own brother, claiming his kingdom as your own, and then going so far as to marry his widow....   [tags: Shakespeare, Hamlet]
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King Claudius in William Shakespeare´s Hamlet - King Claudius William Shakespeare brought to life an interesting character in King Claudius. On one side you see a kind and affectionate man toward the Queen. Yet on the other side you see a character that Shakespeare would have you believe is truly diabolic and will kill to get what he wants. I believe Claudius is not the bad person that most critiques would have you believe; rather he was a man who loved his country deeply enough to kill his own brother King Hamlet for it. We enter King Claudius’s life with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two of Hamlet’s friends and very quickly we see how the King shows his compassionate side....   [tags: Murder, Manipulation]
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Claudius in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - Claudius in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Ans. 'Hamlet, Prince of Denmark' is perhaps Shakespeare's best tragedy. It was written between the years, 1600-1601. Hamlet's character in the play is one of introspection and reflection. He is a person who thinks too much before he acts and also expresses a lot of his feelings before actually doing something. All of Shakespeare's tragedies concerned people in high positions in a country and his fall would affect every one in the country too....   [tags: Papers] 2007 words
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Hamlet's Hesistation to Kill Claudius - How far do you agree that Hamlet’s hesitation to kill Claudius in Act Three is underpinned by religious reasons. Of all the different motives Shakespeare presents for Hamlet’s lack of action, which seems to be the most important. Critics have attempted to explain Hamlet’s delay in avenging his father for centuries and the most relevant scene to illustrate Hamlet’s hesitation is in Act Three when Hamlet has the opportunity to kill Claudius but doesn’t. Hamlet says at the time that he does “this same villain send To heaven.” It could be said that Hamlet is deliberately delaying his revenge for fear of actually committing it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1500 words
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Gertrude, Claudius, and Hamlet: Various Perspectives of Death - Losing a loved one can be difficult, hard, and can even drive a person insane. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet death takes its toll on the entire royal family. When King Hamlet died, it caused Claudius to take the thrown and the hand of queen Gertrude. As soon as the King and Queen hear about how mad Hamlet has gone they discuss the idea of death and wonder if the thought of death or not mourning the made him go crazy. Claudius quotes, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies....   [tags: classic, shakespeare, hamlet]
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - Claudius - Claudius of Shakespeare's Hamlet’s G. Wilson Knight in "The Embassy of Death" interprets the character of Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Claudius, as he appears in the play, is not a criminal. He is - strange as it may seem - a good and gentle king, enmeshed by the chain of causality linking him with his crime. And this chain he might, perhaps, have broken except for Hamlet, and all would have been well. But, granted the presence of Hamlet - which Claudius at first genuinely desired, persuading him not to return to Wittenberg as he wished - and granted the fact of his original crime which cannot now be altered, Claudius cannot now be blamed for his later actions....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Claudius of Shakespeare's Hamlet - Claudius of Hamlet         A close second in nobility to the protagonist in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the incredible King Claudius. His superior qualities render him a worthy antagonist capable of a plummeting downfall at the climax.   G. Wilson Knight in "The Embassy of Death" interprets the character of Claudius:   Claudius, as he appears in the play, is not a criminal. He is - strange as it may seem - a good and gentle king, enmeshed by the chain of causality linking him with his crime....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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King Claudius within Hamlet - King Claudius within Hamlet         William Shakespeare produced in Hamlet a pair of quite noble characters: One is the protagonist and the other, the antagonist. King Claudius is a close second to the hero in many ways, even superior to him in some. This essay will consider the truly fantastic creation of the character of King Claudius.   Salvador de Madariaga in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern” discusses Claudius’ relationship with the two emissaries and former friends of Hamlet, who were escorting the prince to his execution in England:   The two young men receive from the King a commission which, whatever the King’s secret intentions may be, is honorable....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar - Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar was born in Rome on November 16, 42 BC. Four years after his birth his mother divorced his father and married Octavian. Tiberius was a descendant of the Claudian family who moved to Rome shortly after the foundation of the city. The Claudians did not respect others who were not of noble ancestry. After Tiberius was four he was raised to be a loyal servant of Augustus. Tiberius is associated with Augustus for 22 years. Augustus had Tiberius carefully educated....   [tags: essays research papers] 990 words
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Claudius Galen of Pergamum - Claudius Galen of Pergamum Claudius Galen was a second century physiologist, philosopher, and writer who is often considered the most important contributor to medicine following Hippocrates. Even though Galen is fairly well known, his fame does not compare to that of Hippocrates, so Galen's reputation and work are often underscored by Hippocrates' notoriety. While Galen's name is mentioned in most sources about ancient medicine, usually only a small portion of the piece is dedicated to his accomplishments; this coverage often does not do him justice....   [tags: Galen Philosophy Writer History Essays]
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Emperor Claudius - Introduction Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus (b. 10 BC, d. 54 A.D.; emperor, 41-54 A.D.) was the third emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. His reign represents a turning point in the history of the Principate for a number of reasons, not the least for the manner of his accession and the implications it carried for the nature of the office. During his reign he promoted administrators who did not belong to the senatorial or equestrian classes, and was later vilified by authors who did. He followed Caesar in carrying Roman arms across the English Channel into Britain but, unlike his predecessor, he initiated the full-scale annexation of Britain as a province, which remains today the most...   [tags: essays research papers] 2566 words
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The Ear and Eye Motif in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... Claudius killed King Hamlet by pouring poison into his ear. This is very significant because King Hamlet’s actual ear was poisoned which goes alone with the notable motif. Moreover, Hamlet is mad or so he seems to be. By looking at Hamlet and all his actions everyone is convinced he has gone mad. His mood changes a lot throughout the play, he speaks "wild and whirling words" (I.v.127-134) when he found our about his father’s death, has violet outbursts towards his mother, Gertrude, and much more which make him look insane....   [tags: claudius, polunius] 788 words
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Hamlet: The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet: The Character of Claudius         Of all the characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet, perhaps the role of Claudius is the most intriguing and crucial. Claudius is the most controversial, the most mysterious and the most talked about character in this play. Many people look at Claudius and only see a villain, but there are additional sides to him that are often overlooked: Claudius the father, the husband, the ruler and the mortal individual. In this play the characters are not super-human beings....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Importance of Claudius' Guilt in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Importance of Claudius' Guilt in Hamlet     In the first three acts of the play Hamlet, King Claudius go through a subtle, but defined change in character.  Claudius role in the play begins as the newly corrinated king of Denmark.  The former king, King Hamlet, was poisoned by his brother, Claudius, while he was asleep.  Claudius, however, made it known to everyone that the king died of a snakebite in the garden, and thus no one knew of the murder that had just taken place making his murder the perfect crime.  The only problem that Claudius must deal with now is his conscience....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Claudius Vs. Hamlet - Claudius Vs. Hamlet Is Claudius a worthy adversary for Hamlet. Some would argue that Claudius was not even close to being worthy enough to be Hamlet's opponent but if you look at all of the evidence in the play, you might think otherwise. First of all, Claudius was obviously worthy if Hamlet is the one who chose to seek revenge. There are also so many minor details that add up to compare Claudius with Hamlet. Claudius was a lot smarter than people gave him credit for. He was clever enough to devise a plan to kill the king, he had spies all around watching Hamlet's every move, and he found a way to become king....   [tags: Compare Contrast Hamlet Essays Papers] 1026 words
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Claudius as Evil in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Claudius as Evil in Hamlet by William Shakespeare The abstract concept of evil has vastly transformed throughout human history, ranging for the supernatural and mystical to the very humans amongst whom we live. In modern times, evil has become an entirely ambiguous term. Who is evil. What is evil. Men like Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein have been garnered with the term ‘evil’ for their atrocities against fellow humans. Now it seems evil has a solely human significance; when a person violates the individual rights of others on a massive scale, he/she is evil....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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The Character of King Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet -       Delving into the character of King Claudius in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, we find a character who is not totally evil but rather a blend of morally good and bad elements. Let’s explore the various dimensions of this many-sided character. Peter Leithart in “The Serpent Now Wears the Crown: A Typological Reading of Hamlet,” considers the gravity of the main sin of offense of Claudius:   Claudius's murder of King Hamlet, the act catalyzing the drama of the play, is presented as a sin of primordial character and cosmic implications....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery - Even the most responsible people allow the aura of emptiness affect their decisions. Shakespeare expands this idea throughout the play of “Hamlet”. Many people believe that the depression that follows from emptiness does not change any individual’s choices, but even the hero Hamlet a “Prince to continue his strange behavior…because he himself has committed murder” falls victim to the dangers of loss (Werder). Karl Werder writes “The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery” in order to further explain why losing a relationship with something important can change the decisions of an individual....   [tags: claudius, ophelia]
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The Other Half of the Story: Evil Villains, Shakespeare - No story is complete without an evil villain. No great book, movie, or play goes without an evil character; this includes the famous play write, William Shakespeare. Even though Shakespeare never had any further education, he is one of the greatest writers of all time and wrote many plays. His plays are primarily either comedies, or tragedies. His plays include A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is about people who love the wrong people and a magic love potion confuses everyone even more, but eventually everything gets straightened out and everything works out....   [tags: Othello, claudius]
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Laertes, Claudius, and Fortinbras as Foils of Hamlet - Laertes, Claudius, and Fortinbras as Foils of Hamlet        In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the young Prince Hamlet must deal with murder, corruption and incest. The foils to Prince Hamlet, give the reader a basis to summarize his character within the play. Such foils include Laertes, son of Polonius, Claudius, current king of Denmark and stepfather of Hamlet, and Fortinbras, the prince of Norway.       The first foil or character that sets off Hamlet, in the play is Laertes. After King Hamlet's death, he, along with Prince Hamlet, return to Denmark for the funeral services....   [tags: Free Shakespeare Essays] 807 words
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King Claudius' Speech - King Claudius' Speech I will be comparing and contrasting the impression that we get of the new King Claudius. I will be doing this by looking at his first speech and the speech in Act 3, Scene III. Claudius’s rather dramatic opening speech (II.1) appears to be relaxed, eloquent and confident, but its careful structure indicates that the speech is well rehearsed. The style of his first extended speech is open to interpretation; he can be portrayed as overly confident about his marriage, referring to Hamlet as his “cousin” and “son” and his kingship; insecure about his marriage, referring to Gertrude as “th’imperial jointress”; crafty and devious, speaking of Ha...   [tags: Papers] 490 words
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Claudius, the Bad Guy in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Claudius the Bad Guy in Hamlet         This essay will thoroughly delineate the character of King Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, show his place in the drama, and interpret his character -- with the assistance of literary critics.   Philip Burton in “Hamlet” discusses Claudius’ sudden rise to the Danish throne upon the death of King Hamlet I:   The fact that Claudius has become king is not really surprising. Only late in the play does Hamlet complain that his uncle had "popped in between the election and my hopes." The country had been in a nervous state expecting an invasion by young Fortinbras, at the head of a lawless band of adventurers, in revenge for his father’s death at t...   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Hamlet's Insanity; Real or Feigned - Hamlet returns to Denmark because of his father’s death. When returning he soon finds out his mother remarried to his uncle Claudius, who takes the throne and becomes king. Hamlet not fully recuperated from his father’s death finds it even more troubling to understand his mother’s remarriage. After seeing his father’s ghost, Hamlet plans to put on an anti-disposition. Although at first Hamlet acts crazy, he later becomes mentally unstable and wants to commit suicide. Ophelia too was insane, but she kept it to herself while Hamlet contemplated suicide....   [tags: denmark, claudius]
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Love Loss And The Court Of King Claudius - Love, Loss, and the Court of King Claudius Shakespeare worked with the simplest of principals, writing at the mind’s own speed, using everything he read, but reworking it first, and depending upon characters for the defining trait or flaw. One theme which constantly emerges throughout Hamlet is the theme of love and loss, revealed by the characters of Hamlet, Laertes, and Ophelia. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is a young man subjected to much heart ache in the course of this play. His first loss being the suspicious death of Hamlet’s beloved and respected father, Hamlet Sr....   [tags: essays research papers] 748 words
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare - In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, although Hamlet is the prince of Denmark, he has little control over the situation of his mother country. His father is dead and his mother marries his uncle, Claudius, who succeeds his father. When Hamlet is still in grief, the ghost of his father comes to tell him that he was killed by Claudius. Young Hamlet, being called to take vengeance, is confined to the land of Denmark and fails to act. Throughout the play, Hamlet feels increasingly trapped by the confinement set by King Claudius, by his father's command to take revenge, and by his own thoughts; only when Hamlet is able to free from his own mind, is he able to take action and escape from these con...   [tags: denmark, claudius]
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Many can feel lost at times because, but the confusion only allows them to see themselves. Individuals lose themselves in the state confusion, but can learn things that they never knew. Characters in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead lose themselves in confusion but realize something new about themselves. Different characters face realization through different feelings, such as uncertainty, distraction, and agitation. Even though confusion leads an individual’s thoughts into turmoil, confusion will allow the individual to change in a positive or negative way....   [tags: confusion, claudius]
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare - A brilliant mind can spark greatness, or tragedy. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet revolves around a young prince who upon the revelation of his untimely father’s death to be by the hand of his uncle devotes himself to avenge his father and to murder his Uncle Claudius. Hamlet’s delay in the necessary slaughter of Claudius is the result of indecision which is the product of his overtly contemplative mind. This explicitly introspective mind gives reason for him to constantly question and analyze the vast difference between appearance and reality....   [tags: claudius, intelligence]
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Shakespeare's Hamlet Essays: Claudius - Guilty or Innocent? - Claudius: Guilty or Innocent?   William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a play that tells of a young man, Hamlet, who wanted revenge for the death of his father. After speaking with his father's spirit, Hamlet was led to believe that the person who murdered his father was his uncle, Claudius. Claudius kills his brother mainly because of jealousy, the crown, the queen and a hatred of his brother. Therefore Claudius is guilty of the murder of his brother. Claudius killed his brothe mainly because,he was jealous that his brother had it made....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 432 words
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An Exploration of the Ways Shakespeare Presents the Character Claudius - An Exploration of the Ways Shakespeare Presents the Character Claudius From Claudius’s first speech the audience gains the impression the character is political and educated. Shakespeare uses metaphorical language to emphasis this. Claudius’s first speech in the script is full of metaphorical language, and it shows a manipulating, persuasive character who can convince a kingdom that it was perfectly acceptable for him to marry his brother’s wife just a few weeks after his death....   [tags: Papers] 1539 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet’s Villain, King Claudius - Hamlet’s Villain, King Claudius       In the drama Hamlet Shakespeare has concocted a multi-dimensional character in the person of King Claudius. It is the intent of this essay to analyze and probe all the various aspects of this curious personality.   Ward and Trent in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature consider Shakespeare’s options in designing the character of Claudius:   There were at least two ways in which an ordinary, or rather more than ordinary, dramatist might have dealt with this other “majesty of Denmark.” He could have been made a crude dramatic villain—a crowned “Shakebag” or “Black Will,” to use the phraseology of his creator’s own day....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Character Analysis of Claudius from the Play Hamlet by Shakespeare - Character Analysis of Claudius from the Play Hamlet by Shakespeare In the play, "Hamlet", Shakespeare needed to devize an evil character, a villain that is ambitious, and has the ability to scheme to get what he wants. The character would also have to contain some good qualities, such as kindness and contriteness. These good qualities make the character seem more human and thus, more believable. Claudius is this character. Shakespeare uses Claudius in his revenge theme in this play. Without the acts of Claudius, this theme just would not be....   [tags: Hamlet William Shakespeare Plays Essays] 1251 words
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Custom Essays: Claudius the Beast in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Claudius the Beast in Hamlet       Philip Burton in “Hamlet” discusses Claudius’ sudden rise to the Danish throne upon the death of King Hamlet I in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet:   The fact that Claudius has become king is not really surprising. Only late in the play does Hamlet complain that his uncle had "popped in between the election and my hopes." The country had been in a nervous state expecting an invasion by young Fortinbras, at the head of a lawless band of adventurers, in revenge for his father’s death at the hands of King Hamlet....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Claudius Soliloquy Act 3, Scene 3 - Claudius Soliloquy Act 3, Scene 3 Claudius has just been talking to Rosencratz and Guildenstern he tells them that hamlet must go immediately to England with them. Polonius tells king Claudius that hamlet is going to meet Gertrude his mother and so Polonius will hide behind the arras (wall-hanging) and listen in on the conversation. “O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother's murder.” After Claudius is left alone he confesses his guilt and says that he does not know how forgiveness can be attained for his crime....   [tags: Papers] 860 words
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare: Shakespeare Vs. Tom Stoppard - Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Shakespeare Vs. Tom Stoppard Hamlet is one of the most historically remembered plays identified among the numerous relevant works by the world renowned William Shakespeare. The author has utilized a wide range of reactions and tones for the leading character – Hamlet – who is keen on avenging the murder of his father by his uncle – the new King Claudius. Though Hamlet is not aware of the fact earlier that Claudius killed his father, as soon as it is revealed to this through the ghost, he engages a journey to seek revenge and ends up being portrayed as a tragic hero....   [tags: king claudius, rosencrantz, guildenstern]
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The Tragedy of Others to Obtain Happiness: Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... One will strive to attain what they want without thinking of the consequences. Words are used to communicate notions, but they can also be used to distort the real meaning behind it. They are used as tools to corrupt quests for power and manipulate others to get what they want. Being the monarch and maintaining it, is the only objective that King Claudius has and will destroy anyone who gets in his way. Being the crown and ruling the country is the only pleasure Claudius will ever have. Claudius’s disturbance has caused him to spend relatively little time to no time thinking about threats to the national security and stability of Denmark....   [tags: corruption, power, claudius, ] 592 words
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Corruption in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - In general terms, corruption is the act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle. In politics, corruption is the misuse of public power and image.Whether it is realized or not, no country is wholly free of the disease of corruption, and if it is allowed to develop and become significantly strong, it can obstruct the good processes of governing and deteriorate the fabric of society. It can become a barrier to continual development and make it so that essentially no room remains for justice to succeed....   [tags: Gertrude and Claudius, power]
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The Royal Court of Denmark in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... If they were both involved with the murder of the previous king Claudius would have treated Gertrude as accomplice, which he does not. Gertrude allows herself to be called names and accused of adultery all to get Claudius to be more accepting of her. If she were to fight back against the names and numerous accusations placed upon her Claudius might grow annoyed with her constant fighting for her dead husband. He would feel as if she was not as interested in him as she is her husband who has passed away and he would begin to put some distance between the two....   [tags: Gertrude’s experiences, Claudius] 777 words
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Psychological Manipulation in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... help. help. help!… O, I am slain. [Falls and dies.]” (III, IV, 24, 26). This quote clearly demonstrates that the deception Hamlet spread and the anger he built within himself lead to him murdering an innocent man without assessing the situation. Secondly, Shakespeare continues to demonstrate Hamlet’s use of manipulation in the play through his actions. For the play mouse trap Hamlet deceives the performers into setting up a trap for Claudius by giving the performers some fake advice to provoke Claudius to react and to test his guilt....   [tags: claudius, gertrude, ophelia] 1320 words
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Analysis of Act II Scene IV of Hamlet and His Oedipal Complex - ... It is mainly this part of the scene that resulted in audiences and readers agreeing with Sigmund Freud’s analysis of Hamlet’s desires. Sigmund Freud wrote that Hamlet harbours an unconscious desire to sexually enjoy his mother. Freud maintained that all men unconsciously desire their mothers in this way, and he called this the “Oedipus Complex”, after the character in Sophocles’ play who unwittingly murders his father and has several children by his own mother. Whether or not Freud was right about this is as difficult to prove as any of the problems that Hamlet worries about, but his argument in regard to Hamlet is that Oedipus actually enacts this fantasy while Hamlet only betrays the u...   [tags: shakespeare, gertrude, claudius crime] 606 words
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Is Hamlet a Soldier, a Courtier or a Scholar? What Else is He? - Is Hamlet a soldier, a courtier or a scholar. What else is he. Hamlet could be a character that bears the strength of his father's revenge that within the variety of ghost compels his son to commit murder of his uncle. It’s a posh character that isn't linear however revolves around the influences of different characters. Thus Hamlet is simply an illustration of an unsecure and indecisive character. ‘The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue, sword’ this is what Ophelia says about Hamlet when having a conversation with Claudius and Polonius....   [tags: shakespeare, claudius, ophelia]
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The Relationship Between Ophelia and Hamlet: William Shakespeare - The play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, looks at the issue of madness and how it effects the characters of the play. Madness can be looked at from very different perspectives, such as strong and uncontrollable emotions, a person’s desires, and also a persons mental stability. Throughout the play, the audience is questioning the sanity of the main character, Hamlet, as he goes on his quest for revenge. The people around him also show signs of madness, such as Ophelia and Claudius, but in different forms....   [tags: madness, nietzche, claudius]
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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Shakespeare Character development is essential to any literary endeavor. The character of Hamlet is quite dynamic—morphing from a composed but emotionally driven young man to an unstable wreck, completely possessed by the same emotions that drove him to such lengths at the outset. The main protagonist, Hamlet, undergoes a sequence of incidents that radically alter his character. When the audience is introduced Hamlet, he is clothed in all black—portrayed as a morose, dejected prince....   [tags: king claudius, ophelia]
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Strange Behavior and Ghosts in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Throughout the play ‘Hamlet‘, we see that the protagonist seems troubled and quite isolated. The Shakespearean play is believed to have been first performed between 1600 and 1601 but not published until 1603. Hamlet is the young prince of Denmark, his mother Gertrude married her brother-in-law shortly after her husband (Hamlet’s father) died. In the Elizabethan era many people believed in supernatural forces and this is displayed within the play when Hamlet’s father returns as a ghost. Many people would argue that Hamlet is possessed and his madness and strange behaviour is partly due to his father’s death and his reoccurrence as a ghost....   [tags: communication, isolation, claudius]
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Poisoned Through the Ear: The Power of the Spoken Word in Hamlet - The court of Denmark is full of hungry ears, listening for news of the king’s death, how he died, scandalous gossip of the newly wedded Claudius and Gertrude, eavesdropping on conversations, catching whispered secrets, and sometimes lies. Such open ears in the court offer easy access for words, truthful or not, to slither into the mind and sake seed inside unsuspecting listeners. In fact, spoken words in Hamlet are apt to find their way into unguarded ears and have great effects upon characters in the play....   [tags: denmark, gossip, claudius]
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The Tale Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... (3.1.138) Here Hamlet further reinforces death as the best decision by restating death as, metaphorically, sleep. He then illustrates death as an answer to Earthly troubles such as heartache and shock while further cementing death a the most viable option by saying it is something one should wish for. Unfortunately, Hamlet changes pace and acknowledges that there is a catch when death arrives: To sleep: perchance to dream- ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life; (3.1.138) In other words, Hamlet explains how humans do not know what awaits th...   [tags: murders, claudius, modern time] 1423 words
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is about a complex protagonist, Hamlet, who faces difficulty and is intended to murder his uncle, who killed his father. Hamlet is a character who although some of his actions and emotions can be interpreted of insane persons. It was a tragic time in the life of the prince, Hamlet’s life became difficult due to his father had just passed away, his uncle then took the king’s throne and married Hamlet’s mother, then the ghost of his dead father appeared to him with orders for vengeance and, finally, the love of his life was no longer permitted to see the him by instructions of the lady’s father....   [tags: claudius, horatio, polonius]
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Hamlet, A Rational Thinker - “To be or not to be, that is the question,” the quote claimed by Shakespeare seems to have revolutionized the way people thought in the 17th century. After the death of his father, the king, Prince Hamlet takes up a vulnerable role in the text. Not only does Hamlet face the challenges of society by no longer having a father role and giving up his position to inherit the throne, but he also finds himself trapped at a loss of willpower when it comes to avenging himself for what Claudius has done....   [tags: Claudius, Gertrude Shakespeare] 948 words
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