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Nicholas Bermudez Mr Thompson 4 European Literature 2 Honors March 18 2000 Reasons for the Anticipation of Claudiuss Suicide In the tragic play Hamlet by William Shakespeare a particular deterrent in Hamlets quest to be rid of his regal uncle is his procrastination This act of murder intended to set the future right is Hamlets sole responsibility ordered by his deceased father Hamlets main target throughout the play is for Claudius to commit suicide To achieve this goal he produces a play chiefly for the king called the Mousetrap This play is used as one of many tools for Hamlets indirect manipulation of Claudiuss mind Just as a mousetrap lures a pest to its own self-destruction while in search of ways to gratify itself so does Hamlet use the play as a lure to trap the king in his own conscience Claudiuss possible suicide would be the result of the guilt traps Hamlet sets with the use of mental stratagem As Hamlet scolds his mother for her behavior toward the kings honor he says many cruel things to her Yet among these are his pleas for her to repent One of the last pieces of advice he gives his mother is not to let Claudius tempt her again Pinch wanton on your cheek call you his mouse IIIiv200 Hamlets uncle besides tempting the queen is also willing to let her be the mouse that gets caught in the mousetrap intended for him He does not love Gertrude as Hamlets father once did and probably never will To the plotting king his only regard for her is purely to serve his own selfish needs Most of Hamlets efforts to make the king want to kill himself fail because of Claudiuss strong hold on his mother which is Hamlets weakness Hamlet puts off certain efforts to kill Claudius for various reasons At one point Hamlet does not go through with Claudiuss murder because he does not want
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