Claudius A Man Masked in Betrayal and Murder Essay

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Claudius A Man Masked in Betrayal and Murder

A Man Masked in Betrayal and Murder

What could be worse than killing your brother? Marrying his wife right after! Claudius is
the shadiest character in Act I of Hamlet. Claudius had poured the juice of a hebenon
(henbane; a very poisonous plant) into his brother’s, Hamlet Sr.’s ear. Hamlet Sr. died
quickly but was “doomed for a certain term to walk the night.” Claudius then hurriedly
married Gertrude and became king. Hamlet knows none of this however, yet already holds
certain contempt for his step-father/uncle.

In scene 2, Claudius gives a very sly speech, side-stepping the fact that he is in the
middle of a very incestuous relationship. He says, “With an auspicious and a dropping eye,
/ With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage, / In equal scale weighing delight and
dole, -/Taken to wife…” Claudius tries to beat around the bush and not really explain
anything about his marriage to Gertrude. No one questions him because he is King, but the
people are not happy about this situation anyway. Claudius’s slick nature somewhat
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