Why are Hamlet and Claudius in conflict?

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Prince Hamlet's conflict with Claudius primarily concerns his uncle's role in his father's death and his decision to immediately marry Gertrude. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet is extremely depressed by the sudden death of his beloved father and his mother's decision to marry his unscrupulous uncle. Hamlet finds Gertrude's marriage incestuous and appalling. He also views Claudius as an immoral alcoholic who does not deserve his mother's hand in marriage or the title of king. Even before Hamlet interacts with his father's ghost, he believes that Claudius is unfit to rule Denmark.

In act one, scene five, Hamlet speaks to his father's ghost and learns about Claudius's treachery. Hamlet then vows to avenge his father’s death by murdering the king and realizes that he is also in danger, which is why he decides to feign madness.

In addition to Hamlet's conflict regarding Claudius's role in his father's death and hasty marriage, Claudius's decision to spy on Hamlet and threaten his life is...

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