act1 scene 2

how is Claudius reaction to the Fortinbras situation demonstrate his effectiveness as a ruler?

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In Scene II, Claudius addresses the question of the young Fortinbras’ proposed invasion. He says that he has spoken to Fortinbras’ uncle, the King of Norway, who has made Fortinbras promise to halt any plans to invade Denmark. Claudius sends Cornelius and Voltemand, two courtiers, to Norway to settle this business. Claudius demonstrates his effectiveness as a ruler by taking care of these issues immediately and communicating with the King of Norway directly. This shows his confidence and is conducive to an effective monarchy.