Hamlet Would of Made a Good King

Topics: Hamlet, Decision making, Characters in Hamlet Pages: 3 (1080 words) Published: December 18, 2012
When a little boy is born an heir to the throne, the correct process is to grow up and take the place as king. For Hamlet, the protagonist in Hamlet by William Shakespeare, that process is shockingly interrupted. "For he was likely, had he been put on, / To have proved most royal" (V.ii.390-391). This quote was said by Frontinbras saying if Hamlet had lived he would of proved to be a great king. Throughout the play, Hamlet has shown that he had all the qualities that would have made him a remarkable king. Hamlet was an intelligent, rational, clever person who had good morals. His intelligence lead him to outwit his enemy, his rationality lead him to make good decisions, his cleverness lead him to seek the truth and his morals kept him sane. Unfortunately, the death of his father, the betrayal of his mother, the sinister act of his uncle and the death of Hamlet himself kept him from becoming the king he was destined to be. 

Intelligence is an important factor when being a king. In order for a king to keep his kingdom safe he has to plan ahead, and outwit his enemies. In order for Hamlet to plan ahead and outsmart Claudius, he has to use his intelligence. Hamlet uses his intelligence to through off his enemy by acting mad so he wouldn't notice his to plan to seek revenge. "Here, as before, never, so help you mercy,/How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself/As I perchance hereafter shall think meet/To put an antic disposition on,/That you, at such times seeing me, never shall..."(I.v.177-181). This quotation above shows Hamlet telling his friend Horatio that no matter how strange he may seem , don't mind it and don't say anything because it is all an act. Hamlet uses his intelligent to formulate a plot to act crazy and mess with everyone's mind, while secretly he is sane and is just planning his revenge out on Claudius.

Being rational is making the right decisions when a trouble situation arises. As a king you always need to be rational when...
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