Hamlet: King Claudius Essay

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Javier Acosta Dr. Rutledge English 2521 Is King Claudius an immoral monster whoʼs every intention is to do evil? To answer this, the definition of someone bound on evil and someone who is a moral weakling would have to be very clearly defined as different audiences have different conceptions of each. Readers of Shakespeare have various examples on which to judge immoral monsters, such as Aaron the moor from Titus Adronicus who claims “If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul” (V.iii.189-190) When Claudius is placed next to someone like him, we have to judge with different scales. Not to say that the kings crimes are not evil, for they surely are, but to say his attitude after the crimes have been committed are that of a man who wants to repent but can not seem to bring himself to do so. A man whoʼs twisted conscious haunts him by placing him in a state of paranoia, confusion, and weakness. He wants to ease his conscious, but can not seem to take the action to do so. There is a battle within him and while he does lose, there is a sense that deep inside he wishes he had the strength to win. In the entrance of Claudius, we have a king who seems to be competent in caring for the kingdom. This raises the first question of his moral motives. Would a king whoʼs character is that of complete evil take care of the kingdom the way he does? He is not only able to comfort the members of his court through his speech, but he is also able to take care of the threats the nation has against it from Norway. One has to ask themselves whether the state the kingdom was in had anything to do with Claudiusʼ motives for killing the king in the first place. I would argue that a moral monster would have only killed the king for the absolute power and for satisfying his lust for the queen by making her his official wife. But there is this sense that

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