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Regicide is defined by the Websters Dictionary as The killing of a king Webster could not have oversimplified this representation more The ancient art of king killing has existed in a myriad of different forms stealthy barbarian and honorable regicides have been recorded liberally in both literature and the annals of history Regicide is an act of enormous weight - it takes an extraordinary stimulus to move a man to commit such an act In Hamlet and Macbeth William Shakespeare uses four acts of regicide to bring to light the important motives of the killers and through the motives showcase the protagonists tragic flaws There are two instances of regicide in both Hamlet and Macbeth In both stories ambition and power-lust bring about the first set of regicide Claudius killed King Hamlet his brother because he wants the power of the throne The two characters antagonist and victim are clearly juxtaposed in personality by Shakespeare to create a contrast between the two figures that Prince Hamlet later draws on to motivate his own act of regicide Claudius is a political figure He schemed lied and spied on others Indeed he killed King Hamlet by pouring poison into the Kings ear This act was a symbol of not only Claudius scheming nature but also how Claudius took advantage of others by poisoning their ears and thus making his set of ears more powerful His ear poisoning also foreshadowed his use of eavesdropping later as well as the poisoning killing of one of Claudius surrogate ears Polonius King Hamlets personality is entirely different from Claudius Hamlet Sr was not political He did not scheme but in fact dealt with things directly He was a warrior-king and deals with problems as if they were an opposing army on the battlefield Seen in the play as a ghost King Hamlet encouraged his living son to avenge his wrongful death by killing Claudius This presented a strong motive for Hamlet
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