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In "Hamlet", what action by King Claudius in his first speech suggests that he is an effective king?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM (Answer #1)

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Claudius shows he is an effective king as he attempts to protect Denmark from attack. Claudius says he is aware of the army of Fortinbras of Norway and his attempts to catch Denmark in an unready state because of the death of its former king, Hamlet, Sr. Evidently, Fortinbras has raised an army and plans to invade Denmark to take advantage of the disarray caused by the death of King Hamlet, Hamlet's father.He assures the Danes he will take care of the problem and promptly sends two messengers to Fortinbras' uncle, the Norwegian head of state, who seems unaware of his nephew's plans. He tells the uncle he expects him to put a stop to his nephew's threats against Denmark.

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