Claudius Medical Report - Meeting 1

17-5-1407

Direct Quotes from King Claudius:

"Oh, my offence is rank. It smells to heaven.

It hath the primal eldest curse upon ’t,

A brother’s murder. Pray can I not.

Though inclination be as sharp as will,

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.Oh, my offence is rank. It smells to heaven.

It hath the primal eldest curse upon ’t,

A brother’s murder. Pray can I not.

Though inclination be as sharp as will,

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."

Diagnosis:

My first meeting with King Claudius has certainly surprised me for the worse. It is evident that he is a very unhappy man, trapped in a dilemma of his own making. On the one hand, he admits he's suffering from a most desperate sense of guilt (murdering his own brother) , and yet on the other hand, he finds that he is unable to pray, repent, or ask for god's forgiveness as he is not prepared to give up the benefits of his position. Similar to my other patient, Hamlet, Claudius is also in a position where he is conflicted by not being able to act on his intentions.