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 ...view middle of the document...
Claudius shows that he is remorseful for the murder of King Hamlet, but only because he no longer wants to bear the weight of his sins and risk them coming to light.
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...