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    Claudius is the main antagonist of the play whose primary goal is to generate all of Hamlet’s rage and confusion, even though at first glance he seems like a decent if not more than decent king. He is capable and intelligent, he even gives a speech that connects everyone’s loss with a new start. Claudius takes instantaneous, decisive action when it comes to satisfying the king of Norway, and is always concentrated on his kingly duties. Although in private he is a completely different person. The Ghost introduces him as “that incestuous, that adulterate beast” (1.5.42) and we soon see that he is a murderer and the truth behind King Hamlet’s tragic death. Claudius killed his own brother, stole his wife, and placed himself in his dead brother’s throne and everyday becomes more and more obsessed with the power that he has taken. He prays to God asking for forgiveness, however, he is still living out the benefits of his sins therefore he cannot be forgiven. How can he even be truly sorry if he cannot turn away from what made…

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    Although King Claudius is often viewed as the villain in Hamlet because of his slaying of Hamlet’s father and struggle to hold onto power after gaining control of the throne, by the end of the play many actions point to Hamlet being the true malefactor of the story. It first starts off with Hamlet’s drive to revenge his father’s death concocting a plan to make everyone believe he is going mad so he can stay under the radar of having the King find out that he knows what he did. Eight people…

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    disposition that is so central to the characters in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet is exemplified best in King Claudius, a man whose ambition and envy leads him to murder his own brother, but whose conscience and morality complicate his intentions. The internal battle within Claudius, revealed in III. iii, muddles the reader’s initial impression of the usurper king, from a ruthless, Machiavellian murderer to a complex, conflicted character. While Claudius enjoys the lavish lifestyle that…

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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…

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    leader. In Hamlet, Claudius, the brother of King Hamlet, murders his brother and steals not only his throne, but his beloved wife too. Nearly a week after the unexpected death of King Hamlet, Claudius is promoted to king and marries his sister-in-law, the queen of Demark, Gertrude. The play Hamlet portrays Claudius as a thriving king yet hideous person. His control of his country is unusually exceptional considering the disgusting man Claudius secretly is. Justifiably Claudius is a good king…

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    Aidan Harju Mrs. Murphy Class code 24 April 2016 Title The poem “King Claudius” by C.P Cavafy depicts the story of Hamlet as a tragic tale of a King who was unjustly murdered by his own nephew. He summarized the tale through the eyes of an outsider, saying that this was a “very sad story of that unfortunate king killed by his nephew because of some fanciful suspicions.” (Cavafy 4-7). Though some of his accusations are understandable from the point of view of an outsider,with the information…

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    King Claudius Analysis

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    The Emperor I Chose is Claudius. Claudius was the 3rd Emperor of Julio Claudian Dynasty. His full name is Ti Claudius Nero Germinicus. He was born on August 1st 10 B.C. He died sometime in 54 A.D. Claudius ruled Rome for 13 years. He was sworn in, in A.D. 41. But Claudius wasn't always smart enough to rule Rome. He was born with defects. He limped, drooled, stuttered, and was constantly sick. His parents and family were embarrassed of him, they kept him out of public eye! He spent the…

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    many of the conflicts echo this sentiment. For example, in William Shakespeare’s’ “Hamlet”, King Claudius is shown as a coward through his non-discerning murders for personal gain. As well, in “Oedipus Rex”, Oedipus is shown as a prevalent detective with…

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    Uncle Claudius killed him. After the death of King Hamlet, prince Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude marries Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, which raises suspicion on whether Claudius killed his brother to earn the crown. With the funeral and wedding of his mother and uncle, Hamlet is still grieving in his night clothing. Feeling a sense of betrayal from his mother hurriedly marrying Claudius and Claudius taking the crown from his late father, Hamlet is determined to solve the mystery on how his father was…

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    Hamlet Power Corrupts

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    with an imbalance of power, the theft of power, and the fear of losing it. Before the play has actually even started a main character has died, King Hamlet, through an imbalance of power. King Hamlet was killed off screen by his brother and successor Claudius, his death was characterized by the pouring of poison into his ear while he was asleep. King Hamlet was completely vulnerable to his assailant brother; his brother Claudius had a power advantage, and was a coward for killing King Hamlet…

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