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In most common forms of literature the protagonist is portrayed as purely evil and nothing else This is not the case however in William Shakespeares classic play Hamlet Shakespeare gives the protagonist Claudius some actual character making him less of a tyrannical villain and more of a human being giving him doubts about his acts and second thoughts much like Hamlet himself By creating sympathy for Claudius from the audience Shakespeare is able to create a more compelling story and enhance the fact that Hamlet is after all a tragedy The kings soliloquy begins with him speaking of his offense and claiming that it smells to heaven He is aware of the gravity of his crime and knows that it is far too immense a sin for God not to have taken notice He continues with It hath the primal eldest curse upont a brothers murder In this statement he alludes to the first murder in the Bible of Abel by his brother Cain and brings to our attention that this parallels with his situation He laments Pray can I not though inclination be as sharp as will my stronger guilt defeats my strong intent meaning that although he wants to pray for forgiveness more than anything his guilt in the situation prevents him from deserving any When saying And like a man to double business bound I stand in pause where I shall first begin and both neglect he acknowledges that due to the fact that he has two dilemmas his crime and his prayer he neglects to begin with either of them because he doesnt know where to start He then asks a rhetorical question by saying What if this cursed hand were thicker than itself with brothers blood is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens to wash it white as snow Claudius questions if the heavens can forgive him and wash his hands of the guilt which is a repeated
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