I will apply this theory in this scene.
One concept of Marxism that can be applied in 2.2 is my need to go to the bathroom
Would like to thank the mature student who put this comment in.
One concept of Marxism that can be applied in 2.2 is the idea of "false consciousness" (things are as they should be). Claudius is overly confident that his rule and political decisions are going exactly to plan.
For example, Voltemand shares Fortinbras' request:
"That it might please you to give quiet pass/ Through your dominions for this enterprise,/ On such regards of safety and allowance/ As therein are set down" (2.2.77-80). Meanwhile, Claudius, more concerned with hearing Polonius' account of Hamlet's madness, dismisses it with "at our more considered time we'll read,/ Answer, and think upon this business" (2.2.81-82) and then invites Voltemand to "feast" with him (which seems to be Claudius' main pursuit in life!)
Should Claudius be so cavalier towards the young (hot for revenge) Fortinbras at this point? Just months before he was ready to march into Denmark and kill them all in retaliation for his own father's death. Now, he is going to calmly just march through Denmark on his way to another fight in Poland?
This makes me question his capability of ruling his people and ensuring that Denmark continues to be a safe place for them.
Thank you for the thoughtful analysis
Students in ENG 4UI.