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|GR: Hamlet would have been a better king...
Written by Ana L
(5/27/2003 8:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: More on Claudius, penned by Cheryl
...than we give him credit for, I think. True, he hesitated for a long time in seeking revenge for his father's murder. But, as I've stated in another post, I don't think taking your time while contemplating murder is necessarily a bad thing.
Claudius acknowledges that Hamlet is loved by the people. We are told more than once that he is a capable and popular prince.
When the time comes to act, Hamlet does so daringly and resolutely. In quick succession, he overturns Claudius' plan to have him killed in England, he kills his father's murderer, he forgives Laertes and, with his last dying breath, his last thoughts and words are of his people's welfare -- when he appoints Prince Fortinbras as his successor.
He may not have become a warrior king, but I believe he would have been a sensitive, thinking, capable and beloved king.
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