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Could Shakespeare Think Like a Lawyer? Inheritance Law in Hamlet

Hamlet and Ghost

by Thomas Regnier. Shakespeare’s frequent use of the law is well documented. Whether his legal terms are always used correctly has been a matter of dispute. I examine how accurately legal terms are used in the plays, and how accurately and deeply legal issues are developed.

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An Unrecognized Theme in Hamlet: Lost Inheritance and Claudius’s Marriage to Gertrude Part I

Claudius and Gertrude

by J. Anthony Burton. The subject of inheritance is the principal idea behind several important scenes, including the nature of the disappointed “hopes” Hamlet includes, along with murder, incest, and attempted murder, in his list of justifications for killing Claudius

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Laertes’s Rebellion as a Defense of His Inheritance: Further Aspects of Inheritance Law in Hamlet

Hamlet and Laertes

by J. Anthony Burton. The theme of lost inheritance has a special but limited function within the larger framework of the play. It does not, of course, displace or even compete with the central theme of revenge or, more properly, justice. Inheritance works as a sort of unifying preoccupation

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