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What conflicts did Claudius go through in Hamlet?

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Claudius has external conflicts with Hamlet and internal conflicts about what to do with Hamlet.

Claudius killed his predecessor, King Hamlet, and married the queen, Gertude.  This resulted in a lot of resentment on Hamlet’s part.  He was not happy that his uncle would marry his father—especially since the two men were brothers!

Hamlet’s conflict with Claudius is an outspoken one.  While Claudius has to be careful to be kingly, Hamlet does not really behave like a prince.  He is sullen and acts out.  He makes no secret of his opinion of the marriage and of Claudius. 

Claudius tries to laugh off Hamlet’s mood, and comments that the young man should snap out of it.

KING CLAUDIUS

… But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son,--

HAMLET

[Aside] A little more than kin, and less than...

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