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One of the most famous and popular authors and scriptwriters is William Shakespeare Shakespeare has always been ableto create interesting characters and one of the reasons they areso interesting might be that they are complex people with theirinner selves differing from their outer selves Are thecharacters in Hamlet the same on the inside as they appear to beon the outside The characters in William Shakespeares Hamletcan be studied in a manner relating to appearance versus reality Some of these characters are Claudius Rosencrantz andGuildenstern and HamletOne character who enables us to examine the theme ofappearance versus reality is Claudius the new King of Denmark In Act One Scene Two Claudius acts as though he really cares forhis brother and grieves over the elder Hamlets death This isshown in his first speech addressed to his court and that it usbefittedTo bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdomTo becontracted in one brow of woe Shakespeare I22-4 It isshown further on in the same speech when he says our late dearbrothers death Shakespeare I219 However this is not howClaudius truly feels about his brothers death for Claudius isthe one who murders elder Hamlet We see the proof of this inClaudius soliloquy when he appears to be praying O my offenceis rank it smells to heavenIt hath the primal eldest curseupontA brothers murder Shakespeare III336-38 Another love which Claudius fakes is the love he has towardshis nephew and stepson Hamlet In his first speech to his courtClaudius tells Hamlet not to leave for school but to remain inDenmark It is most retrograde to our desireAnd we do beseechyou bend you to remainHere in the cheer and comfort of our eyeShakespeare I2114-117 However later in the play Claudiusdevelops a plan to send Hamlet away from Denmark with the aid ofRosencrantz and Guildenstern And he Hamlet to England shallalong with you R G Shakespeare III34 Claudius alsorefers to himself as Thy loving father Hamlet ShakespeareIV350 but when Hamlet
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