n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Hamlet the populist politician
|Article Title||Hamlet the populist politician|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||43 - 49|
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." (Hamlet 4.7.17-20) The general gender "convert his gyves to graces" (22).
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