The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0714 Thursday, 14 April 2005
Date: Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 14:03:45 -0400
Subject: A Claudius Question
Joseph Egert writes: "The court world of Hamlet is an inauthentic prison
world where the young are suffocated by their elders' indirect traps,
plots. . . ." Yes., and this acute observation applies as much to Old
Hamlet as it does to, say, Polonius.
Moreover, the only member of the younger generation to survive and
prosper is young Fortinbras, who is a clone of the older generation's
attitudes and values - attitudes and values that are suspect, at best.
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