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Claudius Claudius is the present King of Denmark Hamlets paternal uncle and Gertrudes new husband By nature he is coarse and vulgar a man who enjoys drinking and debauchery The stark contrast between his vulgarity and his dead brothers goodness is emphasized repeatedly throughout the play Portrayed as a completely corrupt and power-hungry villain he murdered the king his own brother then took his wife and his crown as his own Threatened by Hamlets presence and popularity he also plans to have him murdered Claudius is completely given over to hypocrisy appearing to be one thing when he is the complete opposite He pretends to be a doting stepfather when all he cares about is protecting himself Suspicious by nature he is always on guard and immediately perceives a threat in Hamlets madness and makes plans to do away with him He effortlessly makes fond references to his late brother with no trace of guilt or shame In Act IV when he has issued orders to have Hamlet killed he hypocritically remarks that he has made arrangements for his especial safety Hamlet is perceptive enough to see through the treachery of Claudius and disgustedly says of him that one may smile and smile and be a villain Even when Claudius kneels in prayer after he has shown his guilt at the play there is no sincerity in his action Without remorse he soon plans the death of Hamlet in a fencing match Besides being a hypocrite Claudius is a cunning and unscrupulous schemer who will have his own way at any price He poisons his own brother in order to satisfy his ambition to become the King of Denmark This foul murder is so cleverly perpetrated that King Hamlets death appears to be snakebite Additionally in order
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