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|GR: Claudius and "performative utterance"
Written by Laraine
(5/27/2003 8:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Claudius' character (long), penned by Jezkalyn
Claudius does this masterfully in his first scene: he makes everyone feel wonderful about his having married Gertrude in a very shady circumstance, and he does it by telling them how wonderful it all is, and how it's worked out so beautifully for everyone. You all said this was OK, and look: you were right! Most courtier types wouldn't stand up and say, "I did not say it was OK, and look: I was wrong!"
He is an amazing communicator: the fact that he's selling dreams is not apparent to most people. Hamlet sees it, but he appears to be the only one.
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