The Importance Of Kingship In Hamlet

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Kingship is not for everybody, it is only limited to certain individuals that manifest key attributes needed to lead a nation. A good ruler needs to be honest, hardworking, intelligent and the capability to gain full support of a nation. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the question of whether the main character Hamlet deserves the throne is observed. He faces many trials and tribulations such as the death of his father, and the pursuit of justice for Ghost Hamlet. But however many obstacles he undergoes, he manages to come out strong and maintains a good qualities. Attributes of intelligent thinking, meticulous actions, and good relationship with his countrymen present in Hamlet suggests that he would have been a good king.
Hamlet’s ingenious
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Hamlet, being the prince of Denmark, son of King Hamlet understands the royal duties needed for kingship and has the experience. Kingship requires knowledge of these noble principles and Hamlet has…show more content…
For instance, Hamlet meticulously plans and revises the Mousetrap play to evoke a reaction out of Claudius. He recognizes that better details and acting in the play evokes a stronger a reaction thus allowing Hamlet to analyze the degree of guiltiness in Claudius. This is noticed during Hamlet’s perpetual reminders and advice to actors before the play, “Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be /your tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the /action, with this special observance, that you o’erstep /not the modesty of nature.” (3.2.16-19). With these reminders and advice from Hamlet, actors are able to perform exceptionally better thus Hamlet will achieve a more convincing reaction from Claudius. In addition, Hamlet’s analysis on who is trustworthy forwards his ability to be secretive and avoid being betrayed. He understands personalities of different people and their personal connections, and thus is able to only Horatio. When Hamlet condemns Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s guilt for spying on him, he uncovers to his good friends, boldly stating he will protect his secrets, “Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.” (3.2.378-379). Though they are his childhood friends, Hamlet carefully and successfully evaluates them as spies and therefore avoids revealing what he hides. Hamlet’s meticulous trust in only one person
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