Claudius' Analysis

The King of Denmark


Claudius is the dead King Hamlet's brother. He marries his sister in law Gertrude after the King died. He is technically Hamlet's uncle and ends up being his step father too.

“To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe” S2 The whole kingdom will mourn the kings death but life has to go on

“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life

Now wears his crown.”


The Ghost is telling Hamlet that the King now, Claudius, is the person that murdered him and usurped.

Kills King Hamlet so that he can be king of Denmark

Act 2

“And since so neighbored to his youth and 'havior,

That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court

Some little time so by your companies

To draw him on to pleasures and to gather,

So much as from occasion you may glean,

Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus

That, opened, lies within our remedy.”


Since the boys he brought was childhood friends with Hamlet he wants them to find out whats wrong with him

“The play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” S2

The play will uncover the conscience of the king

“Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus That, opened, lies within our remedy.” S2

He wants to know what is really bothering Hamlet so thats why he brings the two boys, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to parley with Hamlet and find out what's wrong

Act 3

“Or pardoned being down? Then I’ll look up.

My fault is past. But oh, what form of prayer

Can serve my turn, “Forgive me my foul murder”?”


Asking God to forgive him for his sin because he knows he has done wrong

“Here is your husband, like a mildewed ear Blasting his wholesome brother. Have you eyes? Could you on this fair mountain leave to feed And batten on this moor?” S4

Hamlet is asking his mother why can't she see that Claudius is weak and doesn't compare to King Hamlet his father

“That cannot be, since I am still possessed Of those effects for which I did the murder: My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen.” S3

He killed his brother so that he would be king and have Gertrude

Act 4

“No more to undertake it, I will work him

To an exploit, now ripe in my devise,

Under the which he shall not choose but fall.

And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe,

But even his mother shall uncharge the practice

And call it accident.”


Claudius says no one will worry when Hamlet dies because everyone will she it as an accident

“My mother. Father and mother is man and wife, man and wife is one flesh, and so, my mother.” S3

Hamlet called Claudius his mother saying when he married they became one

“If that’s how you feel, Laertes—and why shouldn’t you? Will you let me guide and direct you?” S7

He wants Hamlet dead so he is convincing him to do it out of his feeling off revenge and in this fencing match Laertes will use a rapier that is covered in poison

Act 5 “It is the poisoned cup. It is too late.” S2

“Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damnèd Dane,

Drink off this potion. Is thy union here?

Follow my mother.”


“Now the king dunks to Hamlet.” Come, begin.— And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.” S2

He didn't want this time before the match to be tedious for him so he beseeched the judges to being the match

Claudius' biggest problem

His biggest problem that kept him moving forward was Hamlets craziness. Since Hamlet knew Claudius killed his father he acted crazy and strange around Claudius which gave him a weird and insecure feeling like Hamlet might kill him.