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Hamlet Character Analysis Paper Claudius In the play Hamlet Shakespeare needed to devize an evil character a villain that is ambitious and has the ability to scheme to get what he wants The character would also have to contain some good qualities such as kindness and contriteness These good qualities make the character seem more human and thus more believable Claudius is this character Shakespeare uses Claudius in his revenge theme in this play Without the acts of Claudius this theme just would not be The entire play revolves around what Claudius has done or will do The evil traits of Claudius by far outweigh the good things he does He is very ambitious perhaps too ambitious Claudius wanted to be king so badly that he murdered his own brother to achieve his goal This is how the revenge theme is weaved into the play Hamlet the dead kings son learns of the act from a ghost A serpent stung me so the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused but now that noble youth The serpent that did sting thy fathers life Now wears his crown Act I Sc V Lines 42-46 Claudius not only wanted to be the king of Denmark he also wanted the queen that came with it In Act I Sc II Lines 8-14 Claudius has just recently been crowned king and is addressing the court He shows in his words how happy he is to be married to Gertrude the Queen herefore our sometime sister now our queen The imperial jointress to this warlike state Have we as twere with a defeated joy
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