n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Hamlet the populist politician

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



King Claudius has wider problems of rule than just the disruptive behaviour of Hamlet, though they are not unconnected with Hamlet. His kingdom is unruly, he fears the populace - largely because of Hamlet: "Why to a public count I might not go/Is the great love the general gender bear him." ( 4.7.17-20) The general gender "convert his gyves to graces" (22).

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