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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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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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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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Hamlet and Claudius - ... Hamlet shows the anger he has within when he says, “A bloody deed-almost as bad, good mother/As kill a king and marry his brother” (III.IV.34-35). Here Hamlet reveals his true anger, and he had no anger towards Polonius, Polonius was just the first person he saw so he took his anger out on him. This is and unusual act for Hamlet and the reader does not see this from Claudius because he does not posses the same anger Hamlet has. Due to the immense hatred Claudius and Hamlet have for each other they both plot to kill one another....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1922 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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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 closely studied corner of the Roman Empire....   [tags: essays research papers] 2566 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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Claudius: A Good Politician - ... Ultimately, Claudius uses his manipulation to persuade Laertes to kill Hamlet; Claudius takes advantages of Laertes’s sorrow and anger for his own selfish purposes. By exploiting Laertes need to restore his father’s honour, Claudius convinced him to participate in a fatal duel against Hamlet: “That we would do,/We should do when we would, for this “would” changes/And hath abatements and delays...What would you undertake/To show yourself in deed your father’s son/More than in words?” (4.7.115-124)....   [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 - ... Many call him or know him as a war poet or the guy who wrote I, Claudius, but reality he wrote over a hundred different books about many different things including war and Greek Mythology and many others. I, Claudius, is a book taking a turn from and actual autobiography to a fictional autobiography making it more interesting. It starts off with Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus writing about himself, his family, and the society/ people around him in Rome. Born in 10 B.C., Claudius was noted as an idiot or an imbecile to his family and people of Rome....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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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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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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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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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 - Hypocrisy of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet Works Cited Missing “‘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 grief, and our whole kingdom to be continued in one brow of woe.' However, he comes across as insincere as he marries his brother's wife so soon after the funeral....   [tags: William Shakespeare Tragedy of Hamlet] 1666 words
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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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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 remedy....   [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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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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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 Hamlet’s death with no real sorrow or observably fake sadness; or unsure of his role as King; he begins his first Royal speech by speaking at length on personal matters – this could be seen more as small talk than anything else....   [tags: Papers] 490 words
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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]
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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 of Hamlet....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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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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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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Fate as a Pitcher, Life as a Ball - ... They devise a plan to have Hamlet and Laertes participate in a fencing match, in which Laertes used a pointed blade tipped with poison. Claudius intends to infect a glass of wine with poison in the case that Laertes fails (4.7.133-162). “And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe, but even his mother shall uncharged the practice and call it and accident” (4.7.66-69). These are Claudius’ words concerning Gertrude’s knowledge of his plan. Such a phrase is foreshadowing of fate. During the match, Gertrude drinks from the poisoned cup (5.2.295-296)....   [tags: Character Analysis, Laertes, Claudius] 688 words
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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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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 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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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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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 the hands of King Hamlet....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Soliloquies Essay - Claudius' Soliloquy in Hamlet - Claudius' Soliloquy in Hamlet     Claudius' soliloquy about his remorse over his murder of Hamlet's father is important to the play because it's the one place where we learn how Claudius feels about what he has done. The rest of the play is all about how Hamlet feels about what Claudius has done, and I think it rounds out the play to get it from a different perspective. From the soliloquy I can see that Claudius feels sorry for the murder, but not sorry enough. He says, "Oh, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven." He wants to pray for forgiveness of his offense, but laments, "Pray can I not," because "I am still possessed of those effects for which I did the murder - My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen." He murdered Hamlet's father in order to get those things and he is not willing to give them up....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 459 words
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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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The Comedy of Hamlet - ... Another instance where Polonius is a comic relief is when Hamlet is inviting the players into the castle. One player breaks into an emotional speech at Hamlets whim and Polonius interrupts with comments. “Fore God, my lord, well spoken, with good accent and/ Good discretion.”(IIii,447-448). Polonius is trying to commend the speaker to hasten him. After the speech keeps going on Polonius rudely interrupts with “This is too long”(IIii,478). As the player recites a part of the speech he becomes emotional with color and Polonius points it out....   [tags: Character Analysis, Polonius,Gertrude, Claudius] 1170 words
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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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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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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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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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Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet and John Updike's Gertrude and Claudius - Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet and John Updike's Gertrude and Claudius In every royal court throughout history, there has been the man who knows everything about everyone, and generally has the ear of the king; Shakespeare’s court of Denmark is no exception. Polonius, adviser and Lord Chamberlain to King Hamlet and Claudius, seems to know every intrigue, every alliance made in the interwoven royal court. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Polonius is firmly seated at the King’s right hand and he will go to any lengths to facilitate the union of young Hamlet and Ophelia....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Updike Gertrude Essays] 1850 words
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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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Reasons For The Anticipation Of Claudiuss Suicide - Reasons for the Anticipation of Claudius's Suicide In the tragic play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, a particular deterrent in Hamlet's quest to be rid of his regal uncle is his procrastination. This act of murder intended to set the future right is Hamlet's sole responsibility, ordered by his deceased father. Hamlet's main target throughout the play is for Claudius to commit suicide. To achieve this goal, he produces a play chiefly for the king called the "Mousetrap." This play is used as one of many tools for Hamlet's indirect manipulation of Claudius's mind....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Acting as a Reflection of Reality - Although William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a play itself, there is much acting that occurs inside of the story. Both Hamlet and King Claudius pretend to be what they are not. Hamlet feigns madness and King Claudius acts as though he were innocent of his brother, King Hamlet’s, murder. These characters act in order to manipulate others into furthering their own desires. The difference between these two characters, however, is that Hamlet is somewhat mad, even though he does act mad for most of the play....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1034 words
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Hamlet - ... “That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound in filial obligation for some term to do obsequies sorrow,” this explains Hamlet’s appearance of excessive grief (1.2.27). Because of Claudius’ villainous deed an even greater level of madness arises when a ghost visits Hamlet and the guards beside him, informing them that Claudius is the culprit of the murder of King Hamlet. This creates Marcellus’ idea that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (1.4.100). Hamlet now forges a revenge plot in which he will kill Claudius and anyone who attempts to stop him; though Hamlet creates a diabolical plan to kill Claudius, he never pursues it and keeps his revenge plan to himself (sp1)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 682 words
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Who's Hamlet's Daddy? - ... Claudius and Hamlet are depicted as characters that contemplate about rather than carry out their plans. In scene one of act five it is stated that Hamlet was a baby while Old Hamlet was fighting at war: “It was that very day that young Hamlet/ was born-he that is mad, and sent into England” (5.1.152-153).Old Hamlet is depicted as a warrior because even in his ghostly apparition he is heavily armored and suited up for battle. This is significant because Claudius was not at war at the time, which shows he is not a fighter similar to Hamlet....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ] 1286 words
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Hamlet - ... Hamlet is entrapped by Claudius scheme. Therefore, King Claudius's authority and King Hamlet's command for revenge confined Hamlet physically and fugitively, but the more important force trapping Hamlet is his own mind. Hamlet's own thoughts are the most powerful force trapping him. Hamlet's mind and knowledge were once one of his most powerful tools to insult and deceive his enemies, but such knowledge begins to confine him as he thinks too much. When he talks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet insists that to him, Denmark is a prison, "for there is nothing/ either good or bad but thinking makes it so"(2.2.2245-246)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1472 words
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Hamlet 11 - Why does Hamlet delay taking action against Claudius. This is a question that everyone want to know. We all know that Hamlet want to kill his Uncle Claudius as soon as possible. But why does he wait so long to sweep to his revenge. I believe that there are more than one reason why Hamlet delays before he takes action. One reason why Hamlet delays to take action against Claudius is because he does not just want to kill him, but he wants to damn his spirit. He hates Claudius so much that he is willing to take his life and damn his soul....   [tags: essays research papers] 832 words
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Ambivalence and Death in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In act IV, scene III, Shakespeare addresses the play’s themes and messages; those being ambivalence and how people are one and the same in the end of life. Hamlet speaks in an eccentric riddle form but there are underlying messages communicated through Hamlet’s craziness and Claudius’ confusion. The ideas are conversed through Claudius and Hamlet and convey the morals of the drama, Hamlet. Shakespeare also takes the liberty in this section to show how diverse and opposite the characters of Claudius and Hamlet are by differentiating their literary devices....   [tags: Death, Shakespeare, Hamlet, ] 1213 words
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The Effect of Removing a Scene From Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Effect of Removing a Scene From Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet is obsessed with revenging his fathers murder; destroying Claudius and it is evident in the play. This obsession initiates Hamlet's behavior. The reasons for Hamlet's obsession with exacting revenge against Claudius are fairly straightforward. The ghost of Hamlet informed him that Claudius killed Hamlet Sr., seized his throne and robbed him of his father. After the ghost informs Hamlet of Claudius' crime, Hamlet realizes that if he does not kill Claudius, he may forever be locked in the painfully stressful mental state in which his obsession puts him....   [tags: Papers] 507 words
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Revenge in Hamlet - William Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of the English language. Shakespeare wrote hundreds of pieces, from sonnets to plays. Hamlet is one of his most well-known plays. There isn’t any shortage of revenge in Hamlet, and so that is the theme we’ll be discussing. Hamlet and Laertes are the most obvious character with revenge in their minds, and that’s who we’ll be focusing on throughout the essay. Two months before the beginning of the play, the King Hamlet dies. The King shows himself to two guards, Barnardo and Francisco, at first....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Hamlet - The Struggle Between Mother and Son - In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it appears that something is amiss in the State of Denmark as the protagonist, Hamlet, is approached by the ghost of the deceased King Hamlet. During this encounter, Hamlet discovers vital information about the king’s brother, Claudius, who married the king’s widow, Queen Gertrude. With this information kept in mind, the Ghost advises Hamlet to kill King Claudius, while protecting his mother, in order for the old King Hamlet to escape purgatory. Nonetheless, throughout the play Hamlet’s vendetta is continuously prolonged due to the Oedipus Complex created by Sigmund Freud which states, “in the young male, the Oedipus conflict stems from his natural love for his mother, which progressively may become sexual....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Hamlet - There are many theories to why Hamlet, who plays the prince in the tragedy, Hamlet, delays in killing his Uncle, King Claudius. Hamlet feels the need to murder King Claudius because he is convinced that his uncle is the cause of Hamlet's father's death. Even though the action of killing Claudius is not carried out until the very end it dictates Hamlets every move in the play. Though he does not know for sure that Claudius is his father's murderer, it is his obligation to prove that he is the cause of the death before committing this act....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Theme of Revenge in "Hamlet" - “If you seek revenge, dig two graves.” This ancient Chinese proverb explains the mood in Hamlet, a play, written by Shakespeare. The theme of revenge is seen throughout the play as each character extracts one form or another of revenge from a person who has wronged them. In the play the characters Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras all desire revenge for a lost father; however, their motivations for murder differ. Hamlet is unlike the other two characters in the way that he uses reason and logic before he acts and decides to kill his uncle, Claudius, because he is aware of the consequences....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 894 words
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Parallels Between Hamlet and Disney Movies - Hamlet and a popular amount of Disney movies share many parallels. The Lion King was actually based entirely off the play Hamlet. There are many themes in this play that are relevant in many other pieces, such as Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and Hercules. Beauty and the Beast helps convey betrayal among people who care for each other, while Mulan allows people to see a deeper meaning in Hamlet’s own personal passion. Furthermore, Hercules allows one to connect the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia to a romance that is almost as complicated....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1675 words
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