Claudius's Determination In Hamlet

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Determination has caused many people to become successful and fail. To achieve success many people become egocentric and selfish which eventually leads to their downfall. Claudius in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare becomes greedy to become king, he manipulates others to strengthen his position as a king, and he also gets paranoid of Hamlet, making very quick and unwise decisions. Based on the tragic drama Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, through the actions of Claudius, readers are shown that his willpower forces him to use self-centered methods to achieve his goals. Claudius’s over determination causes him to become greedy, to become a king. Claudius becomes so selfish that he kills his own blood, his own brother King Hamlet, to become the …show more content…
The increase of fear of loosing his life and the crown makes Claudius very paranoid of Hamlet. “There’s something in his soul o’er which his melancholy sits on a broods, and I do doubt the hatch and the disclose will be some danger,” (III, I, 178-181), Claudius believes Hamlet’s sorrow has a deeper meaning behind it. To discover Hamlet’s intensions he uses Ophelia, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Gertrude and Polonius to spy on Hamlet. His fear of Hamlet’s intensions increase so much that he continuously needs information from others regarding Hamlet. Once Claudius finds out Hamlet’s dangerous side, his paranoia causes him to make very rapid risky decisions regarding Hamlet. The King made a very quick decision to send Hamlet to England the very next night; “he shall speed to England,” (III, II, 183). Claudius quickly makes this decision without thinking, and quickly tries to send his threat as far away from him as possible, which eventually failed. Once his plan to dispose Hamlet in England failed, he made another irrational plan. His strategy to poison Hamlet. He made this plan without investing more time to think about the potential side affects of his strategy. Due to his paranoid mind he poisoned the cup without thinking that someone else can accidently drink from the venomous glass. “Thy mother poisoned. I can no more. The King, the King to blame,” (V, II, 350-351): not only the poison killed Gertrude but his illogical plan caused the entire royal family to die. Claudius’s own plan killed him because of his paranoid mind, which caused him to make thoughtless

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