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HAMLET AND CLAUDIUS
Transcript of HAMLET AND CLAUDIUS
Presented by Thu and Vincent
Textural Evidence #1: Hamlet
Quote: "Nor the dejected havior of the visage, together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, that can denote me truly" (1.2.81-3).
Textural Evidence #2 Hamlet
Quote: "Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave, That I, the son of a dear father murdered, prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, must like a whore unpack my heart with words" (2.2.513-16).
Textural Evidence #4 Claudius
Quote: " My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, and like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin and both neglect" (3.3.40-3).
Textural Evidence #5 Claudius Motivations:
Textural Evidence #3 Claudius
Quote: "But you must know your father lost a father, that father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound in filial obligation for some term to do obsequious sorrow. But to persever in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness. ' This unmanly grief"
Hamlet is depicted as a grief stricken prince who's father died in the beginning of the play. Hamlet plays the role of an avenger throughout the story after his encounter with his father's ghost.
This quote states how Hamlet is not ashamed of fulfilling the revenge of his father as he states that doing so will relieve him of his grief and bring justice for his father. Hamlet is seen as a dedicated and vengeful person throughout the play.
This quote states how Claudius has a manipulative trait by showing how he's persuading Hamlet that a lost of a father is no big deal and he's unmanly by showing emotion towards his deceased father.
This quote states how like Hamlet, the committed murder that he's done haunts him just as well. Although they are similar they differ from the aspect that Claudius is more open of admitting his remorse for his actions while Hamlet doesn't.
"Can serve my turn? 'Forgive me my foul murder'? /The cannot be since I am still possessed/ Of those effects for I did the murder -/My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen" (3.3.52-5).
This quote provides insight to Claudius' character due to the fact that while he feels guilty for his act against his brother he is not regretful of it his actions gained him the crown as well as his wife, Gertrude.
Textual Evidence #6
Textual Evidence #7:
Textual Evidence #8:
"At game a-swearing, or about some act/ That has no relish of salvation in't" (3.3.91-2).
"It is the poisoned cup; it is too late"
"That to Laertes I forgot myself;/ For by the image of my cause I see/ The portraiture of his. I'll court his favors" (5.2.76-8).
Hamlet's motives are made evident through the patience he displays during this scene as he prevents himself from killing Claudius at this time to wait for a moment in which Claudius is acting in sin so that when he dies, he'll go to Hell and not Heaven.
A similarity that Claudius and Hamlet exhibit throughout the play is that their vendetta against each other has brought nothing but bloodshed as Gertrude becomes a victim of Claudius' attempt at murdering Hamlet.
Hamlet through this quote conveys his empathy for Laertes as the latter seeks revenge for the formers act of killing Laertes' father, Polonius. While also displaying another casualty of Claudius and Hamlet's war, it also depicts a just side of Hamlet that has not been seen often throughout the play.
One's vendetta against another can only lead down a consequential path that is filled with repercussions that in the end only leads one with only temporary satisfaction. This is made evident through the multiple casualties in Claudius and Hamlet's vendetta on one another, in the forms of Gertrude, Polonius, Laertes, etc.