Hamlet and new historicism
Examples of new historicism in macbeth
The Montagues want their son Romeo to draw a sword and carve Capulets up into pieces. After all, plays, poems, novels, art in general are a product of a specific time and place. Incestuous Father Claudius? There is no warmth or love when Hamlet reunites with his resurrected father in the darkness and fog atop the ramparts of Elsinore in Act 1. We do not usually carry with us an image of Hamlet laughing as he rides the back of a joyful man, engaged in one of a thousand playful romps. He wishes that a fairy could have switched him at his birth with Hotspur, a man whose business is war. Mother-Lover Father Claudius? The father draws the son back to the kingdom and the dreadful destiny to wear his crown. They made it legit for literary critics to talk about politics and class and power, and to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature. Yet, the influence of his father dominates as Hal grows in Eastcheap to become a far more subtle and craftier schemer—he has learned more than his father imagines how to be ruthlessly political. Dead Warrior? Instead, the Hamlet we know is a young man who has been asked to commit murder by a dead father.
After all, plays, poems, novels, art in general are a product of a specific time and place. He wishes that a fairy could have switched him at his birth with Hotspur, a man whose business is war.
And now he is further forced to interpret his new father: King Claudius?
Perhaps, I dare say, Hero? Kind of like the title of his famous tragedy Hamlet?
Uncle Claudius? Look at how much is packed into this one short and sardonic line. So what do New Historicists do, aside from archive-digging? In his ambivalent relationship between the two father figures in his life, Henry IV and Falstaff, Hal foreshadows Hamlet, whose soul is at the mercy in a struggle between the Ghost of his father and his uncle turned step-father, Claudius.
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