Hamlet & Claudius’ Fight

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In the classic, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, controversy meets corruption. The revenge play is based in Denmark, specifically the Elsinore Castle, where it dramatizes the revenge plot created by Prince Hamlet onto his Uncle Claudius for pouring poison down King Hamlet’s ear while sleeping. Throughout the play, the main characters, Hamlet and Claudius are viewed for everything they must stand for, both showing the potential to be good and evil. Despite the characteristics of good and evil in both characters, good is only perceived in Hamlet, and evil is only seen in Claudius. Hamlet and Claudius contradict one another in a variety of ways making them enemies throughout the play. Prince Hamlet is perceived as the protagonist in the play for many reasons, one of them being because he displays an elegant intensity in everything he does, making him very amiable to the audience. When Hamlet is truly indecisive, brutal, revengeful, and hateful. When Hamlet speaks to others, his words are thought out to be hurtful to whomever he is speaking to. “You should not have believ'd me, for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I lov'd you not." (3.1.116-118) Hamlet contradicts himself a lot because he is cautious when he speaks but is very reckless with his unplanned actions. He is also courteous when he needs to be but uncivil when the moment is inappropriate. Hamlet is also very affectionate to Ophelia in the beginning of their private but romantic relationship. After his father is murdered, he becomes ferocious with Ophelia, taking his aggression out on her, when she is only trying to be there for her love. “I could interpret between you and your love, if I could see the puppets dallying”(3.1.229-230) The reasoning behind Hamlet’s anger is simply that he has built up anger for his mother, Gertrude. He is angry with his mother because she
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