If Claudius' deceitful speech or actions confuse you, I find it helpful to consider a modern character heavily modelled off him — Scar from The Lion King (Simba naturally being Prince Hamlet)
However, it’s worth noting that by the very beginning of this scene, the audience has been given a fair amount of misinformation: do we trust the Ghost? are we empathizing with characters that are loyal to Claudius? Are we wary of threats to the crown? Are we ever going to get orderly information? At the time of the beginning of this scene, the audience is being encouraged to align itself with Claudius, the King and the arbiter of order, though the speech below does a lot to undercut that, since it’s so oily
— and overly orderly.
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