What is Claudius' attitude in Act 4, Scene 3 of Hamlet?

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In Act 4, Scene 3, Claudius outwardly displays an attitude of self-possession when he questions Hamlet; however, his mounting fear and anxiety are soon evident to us by the end of the scene. Claudius betrays his craven nature even as he acts to protect his crown. His prevailing attitude is that Hamlet must die in order for him to have peace of mind.

Claudius knows that he is guilty of fratricide but is unapologetic about his desire to retain the fruits of his evil deed. He knows that his 'offense' is so 'rank, it smells to heaven,' but he wants to keep his queen, ambition, and crown. He questions whether 'one (may) be pardon'd and retain the offence.' So,...

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