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Hamlet, the witty hero who had died so tragically after fighting hard to fulfill his fathers

will, is a well suited candidate for the throne. Throughout the play, Hamlet has shown that he had
all the qualities that would make him a great king. Hamlet was intelligent and also had great
judgement of people. Hamlets intelligence allowed him to successfully outwit his enemies and his
ability to judge people allowed him to make royal, trustworthy allies. Unfortunately, a series of
unfortunate events of betrayal and murder prevented Hamlet from taking the throne. Had he not
died, Hamlet would have certainly been an excellent leader of his people.
A good king must be intelligent, so that he can look after his people by outwitting his
enemies and to protect his people from harm. Hamlet, in order to take up on his revenge for his
father, uses his great intelligence to fool Claudius, to conceal his intentions of murdering him. It
had been so with us had we been there. His liberty is full of threats to us all-To you yourself, to us,
to everyone (4.1. 13-15) As Gertrude, as ordered by Hamlet, lies to Claudius about Hamlets
feigned madness, Claudius is easily fooled. Hamlets intelligence is also demonstrated during his
encounter with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were appointed by
Claudius to check up on Hamlet for any suspicious actions. Although Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
were supposedly Hamlets friends, they have betrayed him by complying to the Kings orders,
without a single moment of hesitation. Hamlet, being the witty fellow he is, noticed Rosencrantz
and Guildensterns intentions and therefore could prevent his secrets from being leaked out to
Claudius. Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks, but I think you; and sure, dear friends, my
thanks are too dear a halfpenny. Were you not sent for? Is it your own inclining? Is it a free
visitation? Come, deal justly with me. (2.2. 269-274) In essence, Hamlet had outwitted Claudius
by realizing Claudiuss trap. Hamlet could easily spark his plan to catch Claudius secretively
because of his superior intellect and therefore Hamlet posses intelligence that is suited for a King.
A good king must also know how to judge another person, for he must make royal and
trustworthy allies that would help him even in difficult situations. Hamlet is great at judging the
people in his world as he learns to trust only those who are trustworthy. For example, throughout
the play, Hamlet only relies on one person: Horatio. Hamlet does not trust his old friends
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as aforementioned because he determined that they were not
trustworthy. Hamlet, because of his ability to judge people could, even without experiencing
betrayal, know who to put trust in. With his ability to judge people, Hamlet could acquire an ally
that would even die for him. I am more an antique Roman than a Dane. Heres yet some liquor
left (5.2. 293-294) Horatio tried to drink the poisoned liquor as Hamlet slowly faded to his death;
this action proves that Hamlet had indeed made a royal companion and therefore has the ability to
judge character.
Hamlet possesses qualities and traits that qualifies him as a good King of a nation.
Throughout the play, Hamlet demonstrated great intelligence and a good judge of character which
increased his credibility as a leader. Hamlet showed that he could outwit Claudius through not
falling for his trap and also tricking him to catch him off guard. Hamlet also showed that he can
distinguish between the trustworthy and untrustworthy as he relies on his ally Horatio while not
hesitating to question Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Therefore, Hamlet is well suited to be King.