Claudius Soliloquy Analysis

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Claudius soliloquy analysis
In Act III, scene III, Shakespeare illustrates Claudius's inner turmoil with an internal monologue. In Claudius's soliloquy, he states that he had murdered his brother,the absolute confirmation that such an act has occurred. Through Claudius soliloquy, Shakespeare reveals Claudius's inner character and further characterizes his disposition, though the remorse he feels is not for his slain brother but for the consequences he faces because of it. Shakespeare is able to depict Claudius’s internal conflict and how it reflects his character.
In Claudius’s confession, Shakespeare is able to expose a sharp alteration to his character; he goes from being a fraud to a
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Despite Claudius’s former lack of distress, Claudius’s does wish to be freed from the weighty burden of his sin. However, Claudius’s does not regret the possession he retains from the murder of his brother and confesses “I am still possessed//Of those effects for which I did murder:// My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen. Although, Claudius’s confesses to the murder of King Hamlet and ask for repentance and forgiveness, he is by no means regretful of the effects he now possess, and admits that he is “possessed” by the “crown”, “ambition”, and “queen”. He feels that his soul is struggling against the very notion: “limited soul, that, struggling to be free, art more engaged”(3.3 72-74). Claudius personifies that his soul is stuck to sin, and admits that more he tries to be free, the more it clings to sin. He looks then for divine intervention from “angel” ,so that he can retrograde back to a “babe”, the previous state of innocence he once possessed. Though Claudius begs for divine intervention from God and prays, he does not feel remorseful towards his brother’s death but for the ramifications caused by it; because he is unable to pray for the right cause and repent for his sin, Claudius is unable to receive mercy.
Through this soliloquy Shakespeare was able to reveal the inner workings and contention of
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