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Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1148.  Friday, 14 November 1997.

[1]     From:   Scott Shepherd <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Nov 1997 10:06:33 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1140  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir

[2]     From:   Gregory C. Koch <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Nov 1997 10:36:15 -0500
        Subj:   Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir

[3]     From:   Michael Friedman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Nov 1997 14:51:33 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1138  Qs: Hamlet/Gertrude


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From:           Scott Shepherd <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Nov 1997 10:06:33 -0500
Subject: 8.1140  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1140  Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir

If the Witan elects Danish kings, what authority is in Claudius' "You
are the most immediate to our throne"?  Any?

Scott Shepherd

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From:           Gregory C. Koch <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Nov 1997 10:36:15 -0500
Subject:        Re: Hamlet as Gertrude's Heir

>Also, if Gertrude *is* joint ruler, we never see her acting in any
>official regal capacity, as we do Claudius.

One view of a king's queen might be R II's, who received the news of her
husband's disposition from her gardener...  They're not in the know -
they do not have the "need to know."

>Hamlet's attitude toward the "good old man"?  Doesn't it also explain
>why Claudius kept Polonius on as chief advisor (prime minister?) after
>it must have become apparent to him that the old man was not what he
>used to be?

Polonius' spying received just deserts.  And he was kept in favor
because his daughter was favored by the queen.  Nothing more complicated
other than the king's compulsion for P's gossip.  No dislike - Ham loved
his daughter very much.

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From:           Michael Friedman <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Nov 1997 14:51:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.1138  Qs: Hamlet/Gertrude
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1138  Qs: Hamlet/Gertrude

For Jeri McIntosh,

I did recently read an article that deals with the possibility that
Claudius becomes King of Denmark because he marries Gertrude.  Check out
Manuel Aguirre's "Life, Crown, and Queen: Gertrude and the Theme of
Sovereignty" *Review of English Studies* 47 (1996): 163-74.

Michael Friedman
University of Scranton
 

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