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King Claudius Character Analysis Essay

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The book Hamlet focuses on Prince Hamlet who is depressed. He was told to go home to Denmark from his school in Germany to be present at his father 's funeral but was shocked to find his mother Gertrude already remarried to his Uncle Claudius, the dead king 's brother. To Hamlet, the marriage is "foul incest." Worse still, Claudius has had himself crowned King despite the fact that Hamlet was his father 's heir to the throne. Various major characters such as Ophelia, King Claudius, Polonius, Prince Hamlet, Laertes, Horatio, and Gertrude, Ghost of Hamlet’s father, Fortinbras, Yorick, Guildenstern, and Rosencrants featured in the book but in this essay, I would be critically analyzing just one major character, “King Claudius”. I would analyze…show more content…
Whereas most of the other important men in Hamlet are preoccupied with ideas of justice, revenge, and moral balance, Claudius is bent upon maintaining his own power. His corrupt politician whose main weapon is his ability to manipulate others through his skillful use of language. He manipulates fortune and takes what is not rightfully his, but remains unapologetic for his actions; he possesses enough strength to admit that he would do the same again. Claudius conscience make him such a complex…show more content…
Hamlet is faced with his feelings towards his mother concerning his father’s death and his mother marriage to his uncle. This overwhelming grief that Hamlet first experiences turns into rage. Claudius will never compare to Hamlet’s father. Hamlet compares his father to Hyperion, which is a god, and compares Claudius to a type of beast. Hamlet feels burdened by his Mother because she was not sincere with her tears of sorrow of the death of King Hamlet. Now hamlet questions did she really love the king, if so she would still be grieving his death. Instead she married the wicked. The ghost of his late father reveals clues on how his death accrue. He plead to Hamlet on taking action to avenge the murder. Nevertheless he had his on dilemma on the time to kill. When Claudius least
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