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How Claudius Is More Responsible for Hamlet Being A Tragedy William Shakespeares play Hamlet is a very dramatic play involving many conniving people murder and an overall atmosphere of suspense It is therefore referred to as a tragedy There are many aspects in Hamlet that make it one of Shakespeares best tragedies There are numerous murders including the untimely death of the innocent and pure Ophelia and the murder of two loving fathers King Hamlet and Polonius There are also numerous revenge plots including those of Laertes Hamlet and Fortinbras As the play progresses hatred becomes evident between many characters of the play After a deeper study of the play however it becomes evident that two characters are more responsible for it being a tragedy Hamlet and Claudius However after examining Claudius conniving character and the facts that hes responsible for causing the numerous revenge plots and leaving Fortinbras with a bloody kingdom it becomes evident that he is more responsible for the tragedy within the play Claudius is more responsible for the tragedy within the play because of his conniving character This scheming character of his is highlighted when he aggressively demands the king of England to kill Hamlet upon his arrival And England if my love thou holdst at aught-- As my great power thereof may give thee sense Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red After the Danish sword and thy free awe Pays homage to us--thou mayst not coldly set Our sovereign process which imports at full By letters congruing to that effect The present death of Hamlet Do it England For like the hectic in my blood he rages And thou must cure me till I know tis done Howeer my haps my joys were neer begun IV iii 61-69 Claudius creates an extensive plan here Fearing that Hamlet may reveal his guilt he decides to eliminate his enemy Some may argue that Claudius sent Hamlet to England
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