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An Analysis On Claudius

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In Hamlet, Shakespeare developed a character, an antagonist, which produces twists and turns throughout the play. Even though in the beginning of the play, Claudius seemed to be an intelligent man, who has excellent speaking skills that helped him take the leadership of his deceased brother’s kingdom, and marry his wife. But, combining both his intelligence and excellent speaking skills, shows Claudius’s true nature: an astute, lustful conspirator. Through the different settings and situations, Claudius’s character contributes to the overall understanding of the play through psychological, biblical and philosophical methods.
Claudius’s intelligent way to speak helps him throughout the play. ...view middle of the document...

It seems that his speaking skills backfires at that particular point. To make things more complicated for him, he does persuade Hamlet’s friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on him, and even kill him in the end (which they not succeed). He also corrupts Laertes when Laertes learns that Hamlet killed his father (even though by accident). Claudius accomplishes by saying “Time qualifies the spark and fire of it/There lives within the very flame of love/A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it” (4.7.129-131) which Claudius persuades the idea should take action on Hamlet for killing Laertes’s father, since Laertes’s feelings are fresh of rage. But every chess piece Claudius has done, came with a price. Every single move contributes to the consequences that cost his own life.
Claudius’s character and his actions have biblical allusion throughout the play, describing him as the original sin. For example, Hamlet can represent wrath due to his vengeance on his father; Claudius represents envy and lust. With the whole concept of Claudius murdering his brother by pouring poison in his ear while he was sleeping in the garden peacefully, the story seems rather familiar. In fact, it is similar to the biblical story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:1-16. Adam and Eve had two children, Cain and Abel. Cain worked on agriculture, while Abel worked with the flocks. Both men brought offerings to the Lord, but...

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