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Hamlet Essay Why did it take so long for Hamlet to kill Claudius The Theatrical play Hamlet by William Shakespeare is quite possibly one of the best plays ever created Hamlet a struggling prince is a very influential Many arguments are formed around one of his many problems and successes One of those arguments is Why does it take so long for Hamlet to kill King Claudius The answer to this is Hamlet didnt kill Claudius so swiftly because of his little respect for Claudius his forced honour towards Claudius and his feeling of being absolutely sure of himself In Shakespearean times respect is strictly enforced and used towards the elderly and Kings One example of this is how Ophelia obeys her fathers command to end her relationship with Hamlet I iii 135 Unlike Ophelia Hamlet has little respect or possibly none for Claudius Claudius isnt Hamlets father If Hamlet was to show respect towards Claudius it would be like surrendering himself to him Hamlet would never complete his goal given to him from his dead father Hamlet kills Polonius behind the curtain in his mothers closet and says Nay I know not is it the king III iiii 28 He shows no compassion or remorse for his actions In his rage he struck whoever was behind the curtain blinded by his own rage towards Claudius In the same scene III iiii 104 A King of shreds and patches he mocks Claudius Translated a King of shreds and patches is what clowns wear Hamlet is stating a metaphor comparing Claudius to a clown saying that Claudius is a clown or a fool Throughout the whole play Hamlet taunts Claudius due to his lack of respect In every act Hamlet always has some little comment to taunt Claudius In the end when Hamlet kills Claudius he feels no regret for his actions due to his lack of respect
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