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Intro-Throughout the play of Hamlet we are shown different sides of Claudius At times Claudius seems to be in full command such as when he gives his imposing speech at Elsinore At other times he is worried and is constantly sensing trouble His guilt eats at him at times while at other times all he can do is think of new ways to cover his own trails As the murder of King Hamlet is exposed we see Claudius outward appearance falter and his inner guilt come out Intro- Claudius is first introduced to the reader as the imposing new King of Norway appointed after the untimely demise of his brother King Hamlet His skills and ease of manner at speaking are apparent from his eloquent speech at council in which he speaks well of King Hamlet by showing a general love for him by all his subjects In reality he cares little for the old king he speaks kindly of him only to give the appearance of a loving brother This is the part of Claudius which is at first hidden from the people only to be revealed later by Hamlet Ghost-Hamlet first finds out about the murder of his father in Act one Scene five where Hamlet is told by the ghost of his father that Claudius murdered his father Claudius notices Hamlet acting strange but attributes it to Hamlets extreme love for Ophelia Claudius forced himself to believe that this was the case and Hamlet couldnt possibly know about the murder Deep down however Claudius knows something is up and Ophelia is set up to talk to Hamlet while Claudius and her father listened After finding out that Hamlets madness was in fact not lovesickness only then does Claudius begin to worry Enemies- Claudius is very careful when it comes to covering his trails even before he becomes suspicious of Hamlet He knows that in order to be ready
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