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Also, Hamlet being his father's namesake leads the reader to think of the royal lineage his father was most likely hoping to establish.  It draws our attention once again to the fact that Prince Hamlet should be the next king of Denmark, and serves to remind us throughout the play...

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Also, Hamlet being his father's namesake leads the reader to think of the royal lineage his father was most likely hoping to establish.  It draws our attention once again to the fact that Prince Hamlet should be the next king of Denmark, and serves to remind us throughout the play of Claudius's usurpation.

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Yes, he is. I have wondered if underlying this choice in names Shakespeare were not insinuating some kind of Oedipus complex between Hamlet and his mother. But then, it was Claudius who did the "substitution thing" instead....

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