Act 1 scene 2: claudius speaks for 39 lines, need to establish footing, that he"s king. Claudius says everything in the longest way possible. End of the speech he drops the surprise. Chiefest courtier, and our son. you are not king, i am hamlet is of age, ready to take the throne. Claudius is suggesting that he has an all seeing eye, nothing will escape his vision. Laertes goes back to his life -came back to mourn, going back. As the child of a ruler, you are always also a subject. Claudius becomes king because he marries gertrude, we never get a soliloquy from her. We get one from claudius at the praying scene. 1. 2. 129-130; metaphor of water, something frozen is melting and becoming a dew. He extends all of his critique to women, Methinks i see my father horatio is confused, he has just seen this ghost.