Throughout “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, the character of the present king, Claudius, behaves and lives in such a manner that he shows himself as a good king, while inversely being a bad person. His actions, as well as the meaning behind everything he says to others, are excellent proof of his moral state. His leadership and characteristics regarding politics govern his potential as a “good” king, while his ideas, personal actions, and manipulative speech depict his evil, “bad” side.
Claudius is a good king and leads his country wisely. Proof of this can be seen throughout lines 16 to 38, wherein the king tells of Young Fortinbras’ assumption of Denmark’s political weakness, and his concern for regaining the lands lost by his father. The king reacts by sending ambassadors with a message to Young Fortinbras’ uncle, in hopes of resolving the issue. This choice of diplomacy over war shows that Claudius is wise when faced with the duties and decisions of a king. The king is also shown to be lenient and caring for his subjects. He replies with, “Take thy fair hour, Laerte
Certain characteristics of Claudius can be viewed as wrong, evil or "bad", yet can be useful in being an efficient ruler. Recognition of these specific traits implies that Claudius can still be a good king, despite being a bad person. There is a complexity behind Claudius"tm character in William Shakespeare"tms "Hamlet". It is best shown with the king"tms words when he says, "and to gather So much as from occasion you may glean, Whether aught to us unknown afflicts him thus, That open"tmd lies within our remedy. He declares, "The present death of Hamlet. This blatant characteristic is viewed when he sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet. The murder of his brother may be seen as the most controversial issue when regarding characteristics of the king. s; time be thine, And they best graces spend it at they will!" (I, ii, 62-63), when Laertes requests leave to France. He is both good in terms of political leadership and diplomatic strategy, while simultaneously being bad in terms of actions, behaviour, and personality. This shows that Claudius is not a tyrant and allows his subjects freedom of action. Although an evil act, the murder shows that Claudius would do anything to remain king of Denmark. Despite his good qualities, Claudius is inevitably played as an evil character, or "bad person. " (V, ii, 280) This, and the need for power and status, may have been born from jealousy of his brother, and is a credible cause for the murder. Hamlet"tms planned death supports this theory.