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Il rito di Amleto

Marco Fincardi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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In the tragedy, Hamlet is a crown prince deprived of the succession to his deceased father. The king was poisoned by his brother, who succeeded him on the throne and in the queen dowager’s conjugal bed. It was an ancient custom to mock scandalous remarriages with a skimmington, but in the courts where Shakespeare performed this folkloric humiliation of a sovereign, however usurping, was unthinkable. Loved and supported by the people, Hamlet, pretending to be crazy, then gets help from actors to stage a tragedy that reveals the betrayal. In the age of absolutism, the court theater assumed the functions performed in the past by a plebeian ritual.

Pubblicato
23 Ottobre 2023
Presentato
22 Maggio 2023
Lingua
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-733-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-727-2

Keywords: ShakespeareReporting a scandalUsurpation of the throneSkimmingtonRite of mockeryElizabethan theatreUxoricideMadness in HamletRegicideHonour

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