William Shakespeare 's Hamlet : King Claudius

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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 King Claudius’s relationship with other characters in the book, his personality, and lastly, his dead end; reward. In Hamlet King Claudius had involvement with all the characters in the book. To Prince Hamlet, King Claudius was his uncle, and his competition of taking the thrown of Denmark. Hamlet is melancholy, bitter, and cynical, full of hatred for his uncle and disgust at his mother for marrying him. Gertrude and Claudius married very soon after the king 's death, which could definitely have a direct effect on Hamlet 's emotional state. From Hamlet 's perspective, the marriage is disrespectful and a betrayal against his father. Even though the king 's ghost gives clues as to the nature of his death, the marriage itself could be interpreted as suspicious. Because the marriage happened so quickly, that could also indicate foul play in the death of the king. All of these factors have caused Hamlet 's despair. In Hamlet 's first soliloquy he reveals that his despair has driven him to though... ... middle of paper ... ...oes not mistakenly wait so long to have Claudius murdered. He wants Claudius to die at a certain time and place so that all would see his guilt. So he waited until his mother, Laertes, Horatio, and the townspeople are all together. This way, everyone is able to get the actual story of who killed the King. It can be said that Hamlet is too smart for his own good. Others in his position would act quickly out of impulse and hatred towards Claudius. Hamlet, on the other hand, uses his gift of intelligence to ponder the situation in great depth. Hamlet’s goal is to have Claudius’s guilt be seen by all, and by waiting so long to kill Claudius it was success. Hamlet killed Claudius by force with a poison sword then forcefully made him drink the poison. Meanwhile everyone dies, Hamlet made sure Horatio was prevented from drinking the poison so he can live and tell the truth.

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