“Shakespeare in the Bush” by Laura Bohannan can be used as an introduction to the concept of culture, moral universals, human nature, and anthropology. Laura Bohannan’s article in Natural History, Shakespeare in the Bush introduces anthropology to a broad audience through a retelling of Hamlet. Just before leaving Oxford Laura has a discussion with a friend who claims that Americans often don’t understand the true meaning of.

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Right away the elder questioned this. How to cite this page Choose cite format: It was obvious to the Tiv woman that the mother had done this in the best interests of the family so Hamlet had no reason to feel negatively about it.

“Shakespeare in the Bush” By Laura Bohannan

Early every morning, in the hope of having some serious talk before the beer party, I used to call on the old man at his reception hut—a circle of posts supporting a thatched roof above a low mud wall to keep out wind and rain.

I protested in vain. In Bohannan received shakespeate doctorate from Oxford University. Departments Features Samplings Nature. To find snakespeare more, including how to control cookies, see here: While telling the story, she encounters certain problems, due to cultural differences, and linguistic difficulties. Notify me of new comments via email.

One day she enters the hut, and finds most of the men of the tribe, sitting huddled up in the hut, they invites her to sit down and have a drink with them.


On March 19,she died in her home of bohznnan heart attack. Through out this story you can see that human nature does plays no part shaiespeare the Tivs interpretations of Hamlet. American anthropologists American women anthropologists births deaths University of Arizona alumni University of Chicago faculty University of Illinois at Chicago faculty Guggenheim Fellows 20th-century women scientists 20th-century American scientists. Her friend gave her a copy of Hamlet as a parting gift with hopes that perhaps she would find the true interpretation.

Because no ceremonies is performed, the people of the tribe, began to drink and telling stories. OK Hamlet An Introduction.

She choose to tell the story of Hamlet, realizing that this is her chance to prove that Hamlet is understandable in every culture. His father has recently died. Menu Skip to content.

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This morning they wanted to hear a story while they drank. In Tiv society it is only natural for the brother of the chief to become chief in the event of his brothers death. Retrieved from ” https: You are commenting using your WordPress. Click to larua more https: In any case, by noon or before, I either had to join the party or retire to my own hut and my books.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Fill in your details below or click an shakespeard to log in: The author did not take seriously enough the enormous impact the Tivs different customs and traditions would have on their analysis of Hamlet. Also a mourning period would be expected before a widow could be remarried and this was not done. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: We think you have liked this presentation.


I was quite mistaken. This site uses cookies. Gertrude tells Claudius that Hamlet is mad and that he killed Polonius.

Views Read Edit View history. In his own eyes, the elder understood the meaning of the story correctly even though his thoughts did not match with the authors. Before the end of the second month, grace descended on me. He was, after lauea, a very English poet, and one can easily misinterpret the universal by misunderstanding the particular. This site uses cookies. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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According to him if Laertes won the duel, the great chief would have given him the poison. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. The elders would then instruct her about the true meaning of the stories so that she could return home unlighted by their wisdom.

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He continued to say that the son of a chief would not want to see another man to become rich and powerful.