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Snake! Claudius’s manipulative ways in Shakespeare’s Hamlet Claudius, a diabolical master of manipulation in Shakespeare’s Hamlet has both intelligence and eloquence, a deadly combination. Despite these traits, it is his not-guilty conscience that makes him a great villain. He is a puppet master who deceives and uses everyone for his personal gain with no regret. He uses Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Polonius, and Gertrude to fulfill his purpose. He kills his brother, marries his sister-in-law and plots to kill his nephew / stepson with no remorse. At a point in the play, he seems to feel guilty, but later we find out his true intention, and, like always, he was being selfish and hoping not to be sent to hell for his sins. Thus, Claudius is a master of manipulation who does not actually experience remorse for what he has done, terminating any possibility for forgiveness and redemption resulting in his deserving disgraceful death. The play is also suggesting that this could happen to anyone who uses people for their own personal gain. Claudius murders his brother, King Hamlet in cold-blood by pouring poison in his ear in his sleep. He is “untrustworthy, undeserving, and a disgrace to the state”(Paris). He compares his murder to that of Cain in the quote, “Oh, my offence is rank. It smells to heaven. It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother’s murder” ( Ham . 3.3.36-38) In the Bible, God cursed Cain for killing his older brother, so, Claudius feels like he is also cursed. Later, it is known that he is just scared of being sent to hell because of his crime. When he says, “That cannot be, since I am

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