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|GR: Fortinbras' Army
Written by Cheryl
(6/5/2003 5:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Did he?, penned by Michele S.
The play begins with Denmark making preparations for an expected war:
Now, sir, young Fortinbras,
Claudius sends the ambassadors to Old Norway telling him what Fortinbras is doing, asking him to reign him in, which he does:
Upon our first, he sent out to suppress
So this isn't a figment of the imagination - Fortinbras' aim was to invade Denmark. But Norway is so "impotent" that he accepts Fortinbras' promise not to invade Denmark and rewards him with an even greater army to use against the Polack.
Now, it just seems obvious to me that Fortinbras is going to use that army against Denmark. After all, the land in Poland is nothing, everyone acknowledges that. But the lands in Denmark belonged to his father, and he has shown how eager he is to recover them.
At the end Osric says "Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from Poland," and Horatio addresses him with "You from the Polack wars," so it sounds as if he did go fight the Polack, but he still has to cross through Denmark, and why not use his battle-hardened, victorious troops to fight Denmark, as long as he's there? ;-)
Of course, he gets there and there's no one to fight, he gets all of Denmark, but I can't believe that retaking his father's lands was not on his mind when Norway gave him that army.
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