Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Claudius ' Essay

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7. Which character do you trust the least in the play and why? The character I believe to be the least trust- worthy is Claudius as he lacks sympathy and guilt in his nature. He murders his own brother, King Hamlet, so that he can take his place as a king. Claudius is explained to have "stole with juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, and in the porches of my ears did pour the leperous distilment, whose effect holds such an enmity with blood of man" (Ham, 1.5.61-65) He manages to expand his "foul, strange and unnatural" (Ham, 1.5.28) crimes he has previously committed. He uses his "power so to seduce [to] [win] to his shameful lust the will of his most seeming-virtuous queen."(Ham, 1.5.44) On top of this, he betrays his queen by plotting to kill his wife 's son. He fuels Laeretes ' anger by asking if "[his] father was dear to him" (Ham, 4.7.108) He then proceeds to plan an awful murder to kill Hamlet. Also, until the very end the king refuses to risk his status by stopping the queen from drinking the poisoned drink. He merely warns her by saying "Gertrude, do not drink. " (Ham, 5.2.282) He again proves his selfish desire for power and inconsiderate behaviors towards others and their lives. Claudius is the most selfish character in the play, whom I trust the least.

8. What relationship in the play do you see presented as loyal to others and where is this loyalty most fully manifested? Shakespeare incorporated loyal relationships between father and son to add drama in the…

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