Mkrtchyanforgiven by God (51-53). In those lines, we see internal conflict and reflection, as Claudius talks to himself deciding whether he should try to be forgiven or continue to live a lie. Here it brings out the question, “why is he even praying”? He knows very well that he doesn’t mean what he is praying because he is not ready to give up his ambition, his crown, the throne, nor the Queen. These are the things he “worked hard for”. He thinks he can fool God just like he fooled everybody. Claudius understands that everything he does is being seen by God and that there’s no way for him to hide anything. This scene shows how complicated the Claudius’ character is. It exposes his true nature and personality as a cold-hearted person who does not fear God at all. In my opinion, all of us can relate to this monologue that Shakespeare wrote, as we are true and honest to ourselves only when we are alone with our true selves, as Claudius was. As I finished reading the play, I realized that events, experiences that the characters of the play had, and situations they went through, are life lessons and that all of us can relate to at least one of them.
MkrtchyanWork Cited Shakespeare, William, et al. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Cambridge University Press, 2019.Shakespeare, William, and Robert Mighall. Hamlet. Macmillan Collectors Library, 2010.