Analysis of How Hamlet was Influenced by the Past and ‘Introspection’ – British Library



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“Hamlet’s personal situation reflects the political concerns of the period. For some reason the play never fully explains, this adult male heir does not inherit the throne from his father. The play is thus obliquely concerned with the great but unspeakable topical preoccupation of the end of the 16th century: the question of who would succeed the unmarried Queen Elizabeth. It was a crime to discuss the succession directly, but the theatre was able to glance at it through parallel, and in this way Hamlet has close affinities with Shakespeare’s plays on English historical subjects which rehearse similar issues.”

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Smith, Emma. “Hamlet: looking backwards.” British Library Board, n.d.  (PUT DATE OF ACCESS HERE). <>.

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Smith, E. (n.d.). Hamlet: looking backwards. British Library Board. Retrieved from

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