William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a play full of sorrow and excitement, its full of gore and incest. The play has a large amount of betrayal and the person supplying most of that is Claudius, the king and Hamlets uncle. Claudius is cold-hearted, full of hate, and a coward. He is the king but, the ironic thing about that is he should not be and as Hamlet is the prince, the death of his father should put him at the throne. The play starts off with a tense setting, as the guards have seen a ghost that looks like the old king or Hamlets father who they believed had died of a snake bite. This is the showing of the first cruel deed Claudius has done, the reader does not know yet but Claudius is …show more content…
This further proves how cold-hearted Claudius is, he has killed his brother, taken his crown, taken his wife, has been discovered, and he still does not feel guilty at all about what he has done. Claudius now knows that Hamlet has figured him out and what he has done, so Claudius plans to send Hamlet away to England with a note for the king of England to have Hamlet killed. Hamlet on the way to England also figures out this plan of Claudius’s and he returns to Holland on a pirate ship and Rosencratz and Guilldenstern are the ones that are killed in England. Claudius again showing his hatred wants Hamlet dead badly and he tells Laertes, the son of Polonius a man that Hamlet killed earlier in the play, that he and Hamlet will have a jousting match. He then said, “When in your motion you are hot and dry, -As make your bouts more violent to have prepar’d him a chalice fort the nonce, escape your venom’d struck, our purpose may hold there';(3). Here
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... of treachery and, luckily, Hamlet realizes the king’s subterfuge, crushing the plot and flipping it back on him. Claudius remains steadfast in his efforts to remove Hamlet, going so far as to set up a false fencing competition and foolishly pushing the poisoned wine without considering the suspiciousness of the action. In his short-sighted and rash decision making, Claudius shows that he allows his inflated sense of regality and self-worth to cloud his judgment.
King Claudius by the end of this very significant scene is on his knees giving a in-genuine confession about being a sinning murderer. The King will later show more contrition in response to the players simulated murder of King Hamlet. This confession enhances the drama of the play by increasing the display of both internal and external struggles of the characters as just one of several dynamics present in the play. The moral validity and interpretations of the Protestant church to declare that asking for sin to be forgive is the only determinant on for getting into heaven or not, which Shakespeare critiques by having Claudius give a self-motived confession.
“Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; And now I'll do't. And so he goes to heaven; And so am I revenged. That would be scann'd: A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven.” – Hamlet, line 1 of Act 3, scene 3.
The first major act of betrayal that kicks off the play is revealed when Hamlet is informed by late King Hamlet’s ghost that Claudius had betrayed him. This is seen when the ghost says, “Ay that incestuous, that adulterate beast, with witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gift,” showing that Claudius is in fact a traitor.
Evidence of wrongdoing in Claudius’ speech is that he seems to not care for his dead brother and only for himself as he wants to immediately put down his own rules and get on with business under his command. “KING. That we with wisest sorrow think on him/ Together with remembrance of ourselves” (I.ii.6-7). The new king is showing signs of greediness and selfishness which leads one to think that he may have had something to do with the death of his
From the jealousy Claudius first felt and the anger from Hamlet’s attempted deception, Claudius comprises a plan to destroy Hamlet. The King informs Hamlet, “Hamlet, his deed, for thine especial safety-Which we do tender as we dearly grieve for that which thou has done-must send thee hence” (Hamlet...
Claudius is driven by power that has caused him to become a sinner through his actions. He is a man with ambitious when it comes to getting what he wants. Through his movements he was able to get the throne, his brother's widow and have control of Denmark. However, he has different characteristic when he is seen in public and in his intimate time. When he is surrounded by people he is seen as someone who is capable of being a great ruler and unite the people of Denmark. Despite that Claudius has a side others have not seen in him yet which he does the unexpected committed a murder. All the things that he has acquired throughout the play has been because of his wicked mind. He has the ability to fool others in order for his true identity to
Claudius’ first speech effectively reveals his character to the audience. Shakespeare’s use of diction and doubling suggests Claudius’ façade conceals his true intentions. Claudius’ artful yet manipulative use of language and his diplomatic foreign policy, prove him to be a commanding politician. This speech sets the stage for the rising action of the play. It plays a major role in revealing plot elements key to an understanding of the play and enables the audience to make an impression of Claudius and decide for themselves his possible role in King Hamlet’s death.
Claudius, is the king now, who’s really made Hamlet’s life so confusing and difficult for him to understand what is going on. Claudius is the one who poisoned old Hamlet, which leads to Hamlet wanting to get revenge back for his father, who isn't able.
Shakespeare consists of classic tales, as some would say. He uses such a beautiful language and a strong depiction of his characters, atmosphere, background and even the overall message he tries to send through his productions. Specifically, Hamlet is a very important play because it covers a broad range of themes that we encounter today in the 20th century ranging from love, betrayal, politics, war, death, insanity, espionage and so on. Shakespeare’s work was a form of art and you can get a lot out of his
Appearing seven times, the soliloquies given by Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” are a crucial part of understanding what is happening throughout the story. They give readers insight to the plans of revenge of Hamlet, as well as showing his emotions and state of mind. As author Thomas MacCary puts it, “Hamlet as a character must reveal what is hidden, so the plot of Hamlet is a gradual revelation of what is rotten in the state of Denmark, and the soliloquies tell us how Hamlet thinks and feels about this” (MacCary 65).Without the soliloquies, readers would not understand what exactly drives Hamlet to take the actions that he does.
Upon the realization of the need to get rid of Hamlet, Claudius should have come to a conclusion that if Hamlet were to simply vanish, suspicion would surely arise. Hamlet’s stunt at the play along with Claudius’ reaction likely instilled questions of King Hamlet’s death into the minds of the citizens in attendance of the play. If any of those citizens recognized Hamlet as a hero for exposing King Claudius, they’d be very curious i...