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Claudius

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Claudiu's Death



Claudius is the brother of King Hamlet who quickly gained position as King after King Hamlet’s death. This not seen very well as the mourning period was not treated appropriately. Though Hamlet was supposed to gain position as King, Claudius married his mother and took position quickly. Throughout the play Claudius is seen as the antagonist and is justly served to conclude.

The whole scene where Claudius dies is in the hall where Hamlet and Laertes duel. The other characters also involved are the Queen, Osric, Horatio, Fortinbras, and the First Ambassador.

What lead to the King’s death was when he devised a plan with Laertes try to kill Hamlet, each with their own plan. Laertes’s plan backfires and gets wounded with his own poisoned rapier. Laertes then tells Hamlet that they have been poisoned and it is the all of Claudius’s fault when he says, “It is here, Hamlet. Hamlet, thou art slain. No medicine in the world can do thee good; In thee there is not half an hour’s life. The treacherous instrument is in thy hand, Unbated and envenom’d. The foul practice Hath turn’d itself on me. Lo, here I lie, Never to rise again. Thy mother’s poison’d. I can no more. The king—the king’s to blame.” (5. 2. 154) Hamlet then wounds Claudius with his rapier in revenge of all he has done.

This emerged because Laertes asked Hamlet to a duel as a sort of redemption for the pain he has caused him. Though the main reason was a plot set between Laertes and Claudius to kill Hamlet. Claudius’s main reason of death is because Laertes exposed him in his dying moments, adding on to the fact that Hamlet was seeking his fathers revenge.

Claudius’s death and burial is significant because it is what restores order to the kingdom. Claudius justly served which restores order in itself but also because of the proper burial. A proper burial was overlooked in the first place which caused disorder to the kingdom subliminally.

References : . Gill, Roma, OBE, ed. Hamlet. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1992. Print.

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