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Chani NissenbaumMrs Marvin 31900English Hamlet Essay In the novel Hamlet by William Shakespeare Hamlet prince of Denmark is at school in Wittenberg Germany when his father King Hamlet dies He comes home to Elsinore Castle to find his mother Queen Gertrude married to his uncle Claudius the late kings younger brother Claudius has had himself crowned king Moreover soldiers guarding Elsinore report to Hamlet through his friend Horatio that his fathers ghost has been seen on the battlements Hamlet goes with them to see the ghost which speaks to him saying that Claudius has murdered the king by pouring poison in his ear and that he Hamlet must avenge his fathers murder Hamlet swears to do this but his philosophic mind is deeply upset at the shock of his uncles treachery In order to determine if Claudius is truly guilty Hamlet produces a play in which the plot is parallel to King Hamlets murder Hamlet asks his good friend Horatio to watch Claudiuss reaction to the play and to determine whether Claudius is guilty or not However Horatio is not the good friend he seems and is much shrewder than he appears to be Like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Horatio is merely Hamlets friend for selfish purposes Horatio only acts for himself alone Even from the beginning Horatio assists Claudius in the murder of King Hamlet in order to gain Claudiuss favor This is why Horatio is present for King Hamlets funeral and Gertrudes marriage He is not there because he cares for Hamlet rather because he is already in Denmark for the murder After the play Horatio learns of Hamlets plan for vengeance against Claudius which deepens his motives further It is then that Horatio decides to somehow get rid of Claudius and Hamlet so as to take the crown for himself Being a master manipulator Horatio gains the full trust of Claudius and Hamlet in order to carry out his
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