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Hamlet – English Coursework - Hamlet refers to Claudius as a “Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindles villain!” How far do you share his view?

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Hamlet - English Coursework Hamlet refers to Claudius as a "Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindles villain!" How far do you share his view? A villain is usually driven by something, usually power or money. Claudius has two of the greatest motives, power and lust. "My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen" Claudius lists the things he committed the murder for. Crown signalising power comes before queen, Gertrude. Villain's motives are sometimes unimportant. Iago has no real motive to completely ruin people's lives but does it because he enjoys it, only an extremely evil villain would gain pleasure through the suffering of others. Claudius has far greater motives. Firstly he would gain great power, a thing desired by many. He would also then have Gertrude whom he does care for and wants. Claudius has a tremendous talent at controlling and influencing people, whether it is through their views or their actions. Claudius switches Laertes' anger from himself to Hamlet with ease "I am guiltless of your father's death" to do that you would have to be a very convincing liar and be good at deceiving. ...read more.

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He also says 'our'; gently letting the court he is the new King. "So much for him" these are the final words on the subject. Claudius has covered the death of his brother, his marriage with his former sister and a possible invasion and left the court laughing, smiling and joking. He is extremely clever to have done all this without arousing any suspicion and win over the court days after the death of the former King. Claudius ability to manipulate is obvious. Claudius' talent for influencing and manipulating people continues throughout he play, showing a theme common in many villains. In Star Wars, The Emperor is a villain who desires power and is truly evil. Claudius desires power and kills his brother to have it. The Emperor shares the ability to manipulate others, instead of killing a foe he would try to influence them to join him. However the greatest evil quality that The Emperor and Claudius have in common is their emotionless reaction to the suffering they cause to others. When Claudius drives Ophelia mad through ignoring her and abusing her he is then comfortable to use her to manipulate Laertes. ...read more.

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Claudius shows caring and feels affection for Gertrude "She is so conjunctive to my life and soul" an incredible thing to say about someone, he shows a love for Gertrude. "O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven" Claudius knows that the things he has done are absolutely awful. He uses a disgusting word to describe his actions, the word rank. A villain of real evil wouldn't have such a conscience. This shows Claudius not to be evil at his core. Claudius does not fully repent. Because he knows that he doesn't really mean his apology, "Words without thoughts never to heaven go" Claudius is not an evil character. He does disgraceful things and harms people but he does not gain pleasure from hurting people, something truly evil. He does the evil acts because of the results, in his case power. Claudius' deliberate ignorance of emotion and ability to manipulate shows him to be disgusting and harmful. Claudius is a treacherous, lecherous, kindles villain but not remorseless. Although he did not repent because of his greed he tried to and it is because of this he is not an evil person. Claudius is however an awful person who deserves no sympathy. Hamlet's opinion of Claudius isn't far from the truth. ...read more.

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