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One of the most famous and popular authors and script writers is William Shakespeare Shakespeare has always been able to create interesting characters and one of the reasons they are so interesting might be that they are complex people with their inner selves differing from their outer selves Are the characters in Hamlet the same on the inside as they appear to be on the outside The characters in William Shakespeares Hamlet can be studied in a manner relating to appearance versus reality Some of these characters are Claudius Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hamlet One character who enables us to examine the theme of appearance versus reality is Claudius the new King of Denmark In Act One Scene Two Claudius acts as though he really cares for his brother and grieves over the elder Hamlets death This is shown in his first speech addressed to his court and that it us befittedTo bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdomTo be contracted in one brow of woe Shakespeare I 2 2-4 It is shown further on in the same speech when he says our late dear brothers death Shakespeare I 2 19 However this is not how Claudius truly feels about his brothers death for Claudius is the one who murders elder Hamlet We see the proof of this in Claudius soliloquy when he appears to be praying O my offence is rank it smells to heavenIt hath the primal eldest curse upontA brothers murder Shakespeare III 3 36-38 Another love which Claudius fakes is the love he has towards his nephew and stepson Hamlet In his first speech to his court Claudius tells Hamlet not to leave for school but to remain in Denmark It is most retrograde to our desireAnd we do beseech you bend you to remainHere in the cheer and comfort of our eye Shakespeare I 2 114-117 However later in the play Claudius develops a plan to send Hamlet
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