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The characters of Claudius and Hamlet have more similarities than they do differences Discuss Claudius and Hamlet according to the plot lead us to believe nonsensically that they are poles apart The nature of the play fools us to believe that the relationship is in turmoil therefore they must be different in character and in nature My personal belief this cannot be true has lead me to believe different things to what is skin deep Claudius clearly is not this and Hamlet is definitely not that One must think of the way in which their motives influence the other their behaviour to their victims the past and other characters within the play Claudius mind is eager in coincidence with Hamlets Claudius murdered his own brother the fact alone sparks a fury and sadistic interest that is never satisfied In short we never find out the trail of murder he followed as that of Hamlet to achieve his aim Doubtlessly due to the guilt he suffers after King Hamlets death he thoughtfully planned the murder One must consider the only way he was found out was by a supposed image of the late King this fact alone encourages us to believe him wise and intelligent Hamlet in all obviousness is a thoughtful and careful philosopher However the death of Polonius was in haste and he later stated I do repent but heaven hath pleased it so In stark contrast to the guilt of Claudius a weakness in solitude Hamlet kills two former friends-Rosencrantz and Guildenstern-without the batting of an eyelid Polonius is insulted moreover blamed for his own death Hamlets fast cold-bloodedness does not reek of Claudius subtleties It is obvious to the audience the intentions of Hamlet after the visitation of the Ghost He must establish succinctly the one with blood on his sword and kill the perpetrator In Hamlets mind it would be in perfect conscience to kill Claudius and damnable to
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