Hamlet Would of Made a Good King Essay

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When a little boy is born an heir to the throne, the correct process is to grow up and take the place as king. For Hamlet, the protagonist in Hamlet by William Shakespeare, that process is shockingly interrupted. "For he was likely, had he been put on, / To have proved most royal" (V.ii.390-391). This quote was said by Frontinbras saying if Hamlet had lived he would of proved to be a great king. Throughout the play, Hamlet has shown that he had all the qualities that would have made him a remarkable king. Hamlet was an intelligent, rational, clever person who had good morals. His intelligence lead him to outwit his enemy, his rationality lead him to make good decisions, his cleverness lead him to seek the truth and his morals kept him…show more content…
Hamlet had the chance to kill Claudius and seek his revenge but he stopped and thought rationally about what would happen if he did. "Now might I do it pat. Now he is a-praying./And now I’ll do ’t. And so he goes to heaven./And so am I revenged.—That would be scanned./A villain kills my father, and, for that,/I, his sole son, do this same villain send/To heaven./Oh, this is hire and salary, not revenge./He took my father grossly, full of bread,/With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May./And how his audit stands who knows save heaven?/But in our circumstance and course of thought/'Tis heavy with him. And am I then revenged/To take him in the purging of his soul/When he is fit and seasoned for his passage?/No./Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent./When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage,/Or in th' incestuous pleasure of his bed,/At game a-swearing, or about some act/ That has no relish of salvation in ’t—/Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven,/And that his soul may be as damned and black/As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays/This physic but prolongs thy sickly days"(III.iii.74-96). This quotation displays how Hamlet used his rationality in making the decision to either kill Claudius or not. Hamlet thought carefully about what would happen if Claudius died. If Claudius died, he would go to heaven while Hamlet's father would still be in between. That would not be revenging his father death, that would only make Claudius go to

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