In Act 4 of Hamlet, the young prince confronts Claudius about the legitimacy of his ascent to the throne by saying that there is not much difference between a king and a beggar. He states that all men are united in that they are eaten by worms and that worms can be used by any common man to catch other food. In this way he is saying that at the end of the day, Claudius’s title won’t protect him from the dirty way he became king or Hamlet’s righteous revenge. On page 98 line 30, Hamlet says “Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.” An important thing to notice is how Hamlet goes about saying this to a King, no less his stepfather. There is definitely a witty, disrespecting tone being given off in the phrase, showing that Hamlet does not fear Claudius. His tone shows his disgust with Claudius and his incestuous relationship with Gertrude. Shakespeare chooses to use the phrase “a progress” which is significant because it means a royal journey. This adds more depth to the quote because it is another jab at Claudius by Hamlet. No journey through someone’s bowls seems pleasant or even clean. This is a way for Hamlet to tell Claudius that the way he has become a King is filthy, that he has taken the dirty route. However, there is one more significant and damning meaning to this quote. Hamlet tells Claudius that he is no better than a beggar by creating a scenario in which he is digested by a beggar. Hamlet is telling Claudius that by murdering his father and marrying his mother, he has committed an act of the lowliest of man. It also tells Claudius that his position will not protect him. That any righteous revenge Hamlet may take will be justified. The significance of this conversation and how threatening the tone of it all causes Claudius to plot to murder Hamlet.