While reading the first act of Hamlet, I was really thinking about the connections between Hamlet and Richard III; most notably the similarities between King Claudius and King Richard III. They are both the villains in their plays, respectively, and both use a combination of violence and primogeniture to their advantage while reaching for the throne. However, what intrigued me the most about these two characters was the act they put on for those around them – they are merely actors orchestrating their way to the top. While I was reading Act I Scene II, I couldn’t help but think that Claudius’ dialogue with Hamlet was his way of showing his false giving of what should be fatherly advice. I think that this can parallel Richard’s character in many ways, including his wooing of Lady Anne. These two men are able to put up fronts and act in a civilized manner when surrounded by those who matter, but behind the scenes they are ruthless and hungry for power. Of course, we are still early in the play, so it should be interesting to see if Claudius is able to keep up with his acting.