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In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Claudius kills his brother King Hamlet former king of Denmark by murdering him in order to take his position Cladiuss brother is the father of Hamlet Prince of Denmark Cladius is the villain of the play he is extremely evil-minded Although a lot of the time he does not show it This comes under a very important theme of Shakespeares plays appearance and reality In every play of Shakespeare there is always a character that is not what they seem to be For example in Act I scene 2 lines 1-13 he gives a long speech about how sad he feels about his brothers death King Hamlet Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother death the memory be green and that it us benefitted to bear our hearts in grief This is not what he really feels because he desired power over the country and wanted to marry Gertrude King Hamlets wife so he was glad he poisoned his brother Later after he watches the play Prince Hamlet planned in order to avenge his father which involved showing the same actions Claudius took when he killed King Hamlet Cladius then regretted he killed Hamlets father as he realised how evil his actions were However he expressed these feelings in solitude in III iii ll 36-72 O my offence is rank it smells to heaven it hath the primal eldest curse upont a brothers murder When he is in public he acts as if he did know anything about it Claudius is a round character This means that the reader is able to see many different aspects of him he is a three-dimensional character For example in one scene you see him behaving like a loyal king and in the next scene you see him regretting the murder he had to commit to become King Another piece of evidence that shows he is 3-D is when he speaks very
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