Essay on Claudius : What Makes Him Evil?

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Claudius: What Makes Him Evil Villain: “a bad person who harms other people or breaks the law, or a cruel or evil character in a book, play, or film” (Villian). In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Claudius is the protagonist. The opening of the play has Hamlet in mourning for the death of his father who was the king of Denmark. Simultaneously Hamlet is upset with his mother for already having remarried to his uncle Claudius. Due to Hamlet’s annoyance with his mother, he says, “O, most wicked speed, to post/ with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” (Hamlet 1.2.156-157). Less than two months elapsed between his father’s death and mother’s remarriage, and to make matters worse Gertrude marries Claudius, the uncle of Hamlet. Formerly the ghost of King Hamlet reappears, instructing Hamlet that he must take retribution for his father’s murder. Murdered by none other than Claudius, who Hamlet deeply despises. At this point it is quite apparent that Claudius is the villain of the story. Claudius is a villain due to the fact he has the three main character traits of a villain: desire for power, immorality, and is easily corrupted by power once attained. The desire for power is something that many people have, whether it is just to have control over a situation or the ability to persuade people to do whatever task it is they urge them to undertake. Claudius’ desire for power is that of King Hamlet, for Claudius wishes to be king. His desire for power leads him to kill…

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