It appears to us that King Claudius is evil, ruthless, and heartless after our first meeting with him. Nonetheless, we subsequently discover that his personality is more nuanced. In act 3, Claudius’ character is demonstrated by the fact that he regrets his decisions.
The initial villain in the tragedy is King Claudius. He represents a variety of sins, including cruelty, incest, idleness, pride, and deception. Claudius is envious of his brother, who is a successful ruler and a contented husband and father. Taking advantage of his sibling’s helpless condition that day, he murders him. Later on, after passing himself off as a fine citizen, we see another aspect of his personality.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet act III scene 3, he prays:
“O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven,
It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t,
A brother’s murder. Pray can I not,
Though inclination be as sharp as will.
My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,
And, like a man to double business bound,
I stand in pause where I shall first begin…”
The above lines show that Claudius is able to regret, which was not previously evident. In this regard, it’s hard to call King Claudius a totally bad guy.
Instead, we may interpret the author’s lack of clarity in revealing his other persona as an indication that he is not yet sufficiently shown for us. He certainly does have a vicious nature; he has brothers’ blood on his hands and has committed many reprehensible acts. We realize, however, that Claudius has a rational perspective on his activities. His mind isn’t clouded by blind rage.
His behavior and emotions are unpredictable and varied. In Act III of Hamlet, which statement best describes how King Claudius is a complicated figure? He expresses sorrow for his past actions.
His behavior reflects the feeling of sorrow. He has a single aim in mind: vengeance. A lesson on forgiveness is conveyed to the audience by him. His activities and emotions are complicated and ever-changing.