The Murder Of Claudius In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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What sort of man would murder his brother, basically usurp the throne, and then plot to have his nephew killed? In the book of Hamlet, Claudius is the man that fits this statement perfectly. He is a villain of unredeemable character and a bad man. Claudius plays the devil’s advocate without a hitch. He kills his brother whom was also the king yet plays the role of a victim and acts like he doesn’t know why Hamlet is acting crazy. I make this accusation with complete confidence for several reasons. First, Claudius takes many steps to find out how much Hamlet knows about his murder, and he plays the part of a concerned uncle but also wants to kill Hamlet so his crime remains undetected. Second, he acts like he has a conscience but he reveals his true character through the numerous murders and still never confesses or gives up…show more content…
People refer to him as being mad. Claudius thinks Hamlet may be a danger to others with his “turbulent and dangerous lunacy” and says that “madness in great ones must not go unwatched.” (3.1.44) Claudius then watched Hamlet with Ophelia and was clever enough to realize that Hamlet wasn’t lovesick, or mad “Love? His affections do not that way tend, nor what he spake, though it lacked form a little, was not like madness. There’s something in his soul o’er which his melancholy sits on brood.” (3.1.42) It’s at this moment when Claudius first realized that Hamlets madness could be because of his possible knowledge of Claudius killing his father. From this point on Claudius keeps a close eye on Hamlet to try and find out what his intentions are while also scheming to get rid of him so that his murder isn’t exposed to the
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