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A concept of Marxism that appears in 1.2 is the concept of “ideology”
- For instance, this concept is presented by Claudius when, in this scene’s opening speech (1.2.1-13), he announces that his Kingdom should not mourn his brother’s death any longer as he has balanced out the sadness of Old Hamlet’s funeral with his marriage to Gertrude.
- Claudius (The King) is therefore the “bourgeoisie”
- this concept is further reinforced when Gertrude follows Claudius’ teachings while advising Hamlet to not be sad anymore about his father’s death (1.2.68-73)
“In equal scale weighing delight and dole-/ Taken to wife. Nor have we herein barred/ Your better wisdoms, which have freely gone/ With this affair along. For all, our thanks (1.2.13-16)
This quotation, spoken by the character of Claudius, shows the effect of social forces upon his life choices, as he addresses his marriage to Gertrude being something that he was advised to do by his court.
Additionally, Laertes & Polonious address the social forces that influence their choices in life when Laertes must ask Polonious and the King to be allowed to leave Denmark to return to Paris.
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