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|GR: Claudius' military prowess
Written by Cheryl
(5/27/2003 1:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Claudius' character (long), penned by Jezkalyn
I would agree that Claudius is better King material than Hamlet, at the moment. But Claudius believed he would make a better king and therefore military leader, than his brother, else he would not have killed him (among other reasons).
But, just how good a military leader is he, really? Fortinbras is demanding the return of the lands King Hamlet won, and is gathering an army in the cause. Claudius rightly tries to put an end to this by writing to old Norway. So far, so good.
But what happens when his ambassadors return? Norway reigns in Fortinbras who obeys him
Whereon old Norway, overcome with joy,
So, let me see..... someone who wishes to wage war against Denmark, gathers an army to do so, saying that they are off to fight the Polack as a cover, promises not to fight Denmark, is given more money for his army if promises to wage war on the Polack, but, darn it, he has to cross through Denmark to get there, so, that's ok, right?
Now, I am no military strategist, but it seems a no-brainer that you don't let someone who has threatened war against you to travel through your land with an army! But Claudius' reaction? "It likes us well;"
This does not sounds like a savvy military leader to me! I can't see King Hamlet falling for this one!
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