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Written by Ana L
(5/25/2003 11:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Would Hamlet have accepted Claudius only as king?, penned by Laraine
Even though Hamlet is not "soldierly" like Old King Hamlet or Fortinbras, I believe he really wanted to be king. He says to Horatio: "He that hath killed my King and whored my mother, Popped in between the'election and my hopes..." -- his hopes of succession.
Different kings bring different qualities and temperaments to thrones. He might have been a great king, even if he didn't resemble his father. He was certainly beloved by his people.
] But it seems to me it's the marriage that is really sticking in his craw.
No question that he is devastated -- and disgusted -- by the hasty and incestuous marriage of his mother to his uncle. I wonder if he would have put up a fight for the throne if Claudius had not married his mother so quickly. The marriage has weakened his resolve and, more so, because in dethroning Claudius he would also be dethroning his own mother.
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