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Re: Claudius
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1220.  Tuesday, 9 December 1997.

[1]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Monday, 08 Dec 1997 10:43:21 +0000 (HELP)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1217  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir

[2]     From:   Louis C Swilley <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 1997 20:35:04 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1217  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir


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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Monday, 08 Dec 1997 10:43:21 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 8.1217  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1217  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir

Having played Claudius, I can agree completely that he is of course the
lead in the show! Have other actors experienced the humiliation of
pretty ignorant notices that claim we were insufficiently villainous.
For me the private triumph was the confession scene with tortured words
issuing from the innocent-looking leader.

        Harry Hill

{Claudius bares his teeth but not enough.....Edmonton Journal}

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From:           Louis C Swilley <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 1997 20:35:04 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.1217  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1217  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir

Kristine Batey writes:

> >In one of my undergrad courses, the prof suggested that "Hamlet" is
> >really a tragedy about Claudius, given a quarter turn. Try switching the
> >perspective, and think what the play would be like as Claudius the
> >central character:

Surely every character in every well-made tragedy is a tragic character:
each is capable of doing something to avert the general ruin, but,
because of some "mole of nature in [him or her]," fails to do what can
be done to save the day.

        L. Swilley
 

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