If you have a chance to put these characters of Gertrude, Claudius, and Hamlet from Shakespeare's Hamlet into Dante's 9 Circles of Hell (Dante's Inferno) where would you put them and why?

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This question assumes that Gertrude, Claudius and Hamlet would all go to Hell, which they might not, particularly Hamlet. Claudius must be the most straightforward case. He killed not only his brother but his king, an act of treachery which would certainly consign him to the ninth and lowest circle of Hell, alongside Brutus and Cassius and Judas Iscariot. Perhaps Lucifer might grow a fourth mouth to accommodate him.

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