And that it us befitted
To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom
To be contracted in one brow of woe,
Claudius states the whole kingdom (of Denmark) should still be grieving the lost of their beloved king.
This is ironic, given that Claudius is responsible for the death of the king. But he’s got to keep the appearance of a sorrowful brother.
It is additionally ironic that Claudius says this, given his later hostility to Prince Hamlet for continuing to grieve. More violation of context at work.
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