The contrast between Clsudius and Hamlet are becoming very obvious. Claudius
is calculating and a man of action whereas Hamlet is a thinker and a player
The famous soliloquy, "To be or not be be: that is the question,"
expresses Hamlet's dilemma of trying to determine the meaning of life and
The scene between Ophelia and Hamlet wherein she lies about her father's
whereabouts, displays her weakness and inability to stand up for herself.
She is unable to express her true love for Hamlet and therefore seals her
Claudius does not trust Hamlet and plans to exile the Prince to England.
He does however agree with Claudius that Hamlet should first speak with Gertrude
alone and perhaps she can determine the cause of Hamlet's melancholy mood.
Claudius intends to eavesdrop because he is convinced that Hamlet will admit
to his mother that he loves Ophelia and that her indifference is driving him
The play is successful in achieving its intent; Claudius is appalled when
the king is murdered by his brother and rushes out of the hall. He then reveals
his guilt during a moment of prayer. Hamlet, overhearing this, now knows that
he must act and avenge his father's death but he still can't bring himself
to perform this final act..