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Gertrude and Claudius: An Old Play Made New
Hamlet, Shakespeare's most famous tragedy, relates the story of a royal prince who learns that his father, the king of Denmark, has been murdered by his own brother Claudius. But the most interesting character has to be Queen Gertrude, who quickly marries her brother-in-law after her husband's untimely death. Young Hamlet has a love-hate relationship with his mother-aunt. Shakespeare writes the play in such a way that the audience is never sure of her complicity in the murder. And neither is her son.
John Updike wrote the novel Gertrude and Claudius as a retelling of the classic play. The novel mostly intrigues those already familiar with the original work because Updike takes lines straight from the Bard and adroitly mixes them with his own words. Whenever I came across a directly quoted line, I felt an immediate connection with Updike ...