The Decay Of King Claudius In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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King Claudius’s insidious actions can not only be linked to his undoing, but also to the deterioration of Denmark as a whole. Under the rule of King Hamlet, the country thrived, and had a polished reputation. He was a noble ruler with the country’s best interests in mind. As soon as Claudius became king, the nation started to fall apart. Drinking and partying were seen in the castle as the only form of entertainment. Naturally, citizens followed the example of the King and Queen, and the country began to decay. This degeneration was clear and obvious to surrounding countries and Danes were viewed as unruly drunkards. It was easy to understand that all respect for the royal family had been lost when Laertes came to Elsinore to avenge his father’s death. An angry mob followed his lead and expressed opinions about wanting him to be the new king. This demonstrated how upset the people of Denmark had become with Claudius as their …show more content…
After a wild fit of rage and madness in his mother’s chamber, Hamlet blindly stabbed at a curtain seemingly not knowing that there was a fairly large human being standing behind it. The second being his girlfriend. Towards the end of the play, it is suggested that Ophelia exits reality and loses her mind. Hamlet’s corruption is thought by many characters to be the birthplace of her insanity. Nevertheless, whether considered a suicide or an accident, this hysteria was the means to her end. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern can not be forgotten in this whirlwind of torment and misfortune. Even though these two friends were not in Hamlet’s original plot for revenge, in the end he was too corrupt and irrational to understand the impact of his actions. Hamlet thought that by writing the letters he was teaching them a lesson for betraying him, but in truth he sealing their fates and murdering his best

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