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Claudius soliloquy Act 3 Scene 3 Claudius has just been talking to Rosencratz and Guildenstern he tells them that hamlet

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Claudius soliloquy Act 3 Scene 3 Claudius has just been talking to Rosencratz and Guildenstern he tells them that hamlet must go immediately to England with them. Polonius tells king Claudius that hamlet is going to meet Gertrude his mother and so Polonius will hide behind the arras (wall-hanging) and listen in on the conversation. "O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother's murder." After Claudius is left alone he confesses his guilt and says that he does not know how forgiveness can be attained for his crime. He compares himself to Cain in the bible as the first criminal, in murdering his own brother. He says that he is tempting Cain with his crime, this is Shakespeare indicating that it is very bad. ." Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will:" Here he is saying that he wants to pray for all that he has done but he cannot because of his remorse. He wants to pray and tries as hard as he can but it just is not happening, this shows you that he did not kill Hamlet because of hatred between them he killed him for his crown and for Gertrude. ...read more.

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"But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this two-fold force, To be forestalled ere we come to fall," Claudius is saying that he must confront his inner demons head on by prayer between him and god the two fold force coming together in a prayer. But as he cannot pray he is having to wait maybe until he dies for his final judgement by god until things come to fall. "Or pardon'd being down? Then I'll look up; My fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer Can serve my turn? 'Forgive me my foul murder'?" Claudius says that his deed is done and that no form of prayer can forgive him of his foul murder, nothing can cleanse his soul of the sins that he has commited "That cannot be; since I am still possess'd Of those effects for which I did the murder, My crown, mine own ambition and my queen." He says how can he be forgiven as he still has the things that he committed the crime for and that he is still possessed by the ambition that made him do the crime "May one be pardon'd and retain the offence? ...read more.

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He says that he does not know why he did it because he was mad for power at the time and that he weishes that he had not done it. "O limed soul, that, struggling to be free, Art more engaged! Help, angels! Make assay!" His conscience is struggling to be free as he is the sole bearer of his terrible crime he asks for the angels help to help him repent and get rid of his sins. Shakespeare shows that Claudius is desperate by showing that he will try anything so as not to get the wrath of God upon him. "Bow, stubborn knees; and, heart with strings of steel, Be soft as sinews of the newborn babe! All may be well." Claudius kneels and tries once more to prayer to god and repent for his sins but he knows that it will not succeed but he kneels and tries anyway and pretends because he thinks that it might still happen. Claudius is very clever and devious as when he is with everybody else he portrays a man of assertiveness and confidence but when he is alone he shows that he is really scared of god and that he will try anything to repent for his sins so that he does not go to heaven. By Craig Thompson 10TRM ...read more.

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