Hamlet

Explain Claudius's purpose in his speech to Hamlet. Does he feel he accomplishes this purpose?

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Explain Claudius's purpose in his speech to Hamlet. Does he feel he accomplishes this purpose?

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Absolutely, Claudius is successful and Hamlet conceeds as such in his soliloquy that follows. But, understand that Claudius speech to Hamlet is not for Hamlet, it is for everyone else. This whole scene is Claudius putting on a show, a production to show that he is the right person to be the successor king. As for any suggestion that maybe Hamlet should be the successor is completely squelched by Claudius. Claudius shows Hamlet to be an immature schoolboy that may be king one day but is hardly fit for the duties of a king now.