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A Claudius Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0378  Thursday, 24 February 2005

From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Feb 2005 17:59:53 -0500
Subject: 16.0371 A Claudius Question
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0371 A Claudius Question

Bill, Claudius usurped the throne from his brother, not his nephew.
What's clear in the play is that the king was elected, not guaranteed by
primogeniture.

Laertes makes a push to grab the throne of Denmark, but Hamlet does not.
  Neither does he act entitled to it. His concern is about his father's
murder, not the government of Denmark.

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