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A Mighty Opponent

King Claudius, the deceptive killer...
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Daniel Ipema

on 22 April 2010

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One mighty opponent! Manipulation Laertes Gertrude Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Gertrude Laertes Act IV Scene i Act IV Scene ii Act IV Scene vii I Am King Claudius... Synopsis In Act IV, Scene i of , Claudius speaks with his queen about Hamlets rash actions and murderous behaviour. He finds Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and asks them to interrogate Hamlet for the location of the body of Polonius.
Act IV, Scene ii of , we see the effects of Claudius' chat with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. We find that Hamlet has discovered the king's actions and is disgusted with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's actions.
Finally, Act IV, Scene vii is the discussion between Claudius and Laertes on how they are going to find revenge for Hamlet's destructive behaviour. How does he do it? Claudius convinces Gertrude to distance herself from Hamlet.
"But we will stop him hence: and this vile deed we must, with all our majesty, both countenance and excuse"(4.1.30-32). Claudius marries Gertrude to assure his position as the king while making her think it was only for love.
"Marrying Gertrude would certainly have ensured his 'election' to the throne" (Schulman). In Act IV, Scene vii Claudius uses his manipulative words to convert his image as a hated villain to a trusted ally.
"The King is clearly intelligent and quick-witted, particularly in 4.5.120-152 and 199-216, where he defuses the coup by Laertes with smooth talk and converts the rebel into an accomplice"(Boyce). Laertes agrees to Claudius' plan of killing Hamlet after Claudius is able to implant hatred into Laertes' mind with his manipulative words
"It warms the very sickness in my heart, that I shall live and tell him to his teeth 'thus dids't thou'"(4.7.55-57). In William Shakespeare's King Claudius' ability to manipulate his subjects defines him as a mighty opponent. Hamlet, Hamlet Hamlet Thesis When King Claudius talks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern he convinces them to betray their friend and help him find the body of Polonius.
"Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain,/ And from his mothers closet hath, he dragg'd him:/ Go seek him out, speak fair, and bring the body/ Into the Chapel" (4.1.34-37). Later in the play, King Claudius uses his manipulative power to convince Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to take Hamlet to England where he will be killed.
"Beginning with his recruitment of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet, the King schemes cruelly against the prince. His two death plots to have him executed in England and to arrange a rigged fencing matchare particularly vile" (Boyce). Claudius convinces her that Hamlet is a threat to their royal position and reputation, and they must make sure they are not caught up in the repercussions of his actions. Point/Proof Explanation Point/Proof Point/Proof Point/Proof Point/Proof Point/Proof Claudius gives them specific directions to abandon their friend which they
follow blindly. Explanation Explanation Claudius again shows his ability to warp the minds of his
subjects by planning to have them kill the prince in cold blood. The succession of the throne in Denmark was not by primogeniture, but had to be voted upon. So by marrying Gertrude, Claudius secured his claim to the throne. Explanation This transition is the turning point of Claudius' plan. It is here that the chaos he is recuperating from rests and his devious plan begins to lay itself now that he has an ally.
Explanation Explanation Laertes fury for Hamlet and his desire for revenge is implanted by the often exercised convincing skills of Claudius which further his master plan to exterminate Hamlet. Claudius uses his manipulative expertise to convince Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do whatever task he sets upon them. Topic Sentence Gertrude is easily swayed by Claudius' conniving words.
Topic Sentence Topic Sentence Finally, Claudius skilfully persuades Laertes to trust him only to exploit this trust. Modern Song Relation Tyrant - The Bravery
"a corsage of promises"
"violent ties with hands like a steeple"
"tell me lies with a tongue like a needle"
"I can never resist I learn the...
words of wisdom from your tyrant mouth"
"I'll beleive anything that you want you gotta teach me how to live"
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