“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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If shzkespeare need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email. The elders would then instruct her about the true meaning of the stories so that she could return home unlighted by their wisdom. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In any case, by noon or before, I either had to join the party or retire to my own hut and my books. Bohannan is also part of a small school of women whose studies in anthropology were initially rejected because of their holistic and sometimes personal approach and style.

If you wish to bohannnan it, please recommend it to your friends in any social system. Bohannan, while living in a small village in Nigeriaattempts to tell the story of Hamlet to a group of villagers. Gertrude tells Claudius that Hamlet is mad and that he killed Lauta. Leave your email and we will send you an example after 24 hours Hi there, would you like to get such a paper?

This morning they wanted to hear a story while they drank. The ghost of Hamlet’s father sjakespeare to him and.

Shakespeare in the Bush

Western shakespfare would view this remarriage as a form of incest and would not be socially acceptable. Feedback Privacy Policy Feedback. Off and on from to Bohannan and her husband lived among the Tiv tribe of southeastern Nigeria. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


Through out this story you can see that human nature does plays no part in the Tivs interpretations of Hamlet.

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Laura Bohannan is an American anthropologist who goes to visit an African tribe called the Tiv. In his own eyes, the elder understood the meaning of the story correctly even though his thoughts did not match with the authors.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Explain briefly how the Tiv interpret each of these components of the play. He was, after all, a very English poet, and one can easily bohannah the universal by misunderstanding the particular.

On her trip to Africa the author finds out that custom, translations, and culture play a larger role in the interpretation of Shakespeare and that his meanings were not as universal as she previously thought.

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It is obvious that their bushh and traditions were already biasing their interpretation of the story. Accessed December 31, After hearing of the death of Ophelia from the author, the Tiv elder wished to know whom her male relatives were in order to find who was responsible.

I eventually settled on the hillock of a very knowledgeable old man, the head of a homestead of some hundred and forty people, all of whom were either his close relatives or their wives and children.

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He proceeded to tell how Laertes was scheming to get money to pay off his debts. Mr WordPress on Hello world!


The Tiv spend a lot of time drinking and telling stories, which is aan artform in their culture. Like the other elders of the vicinity, the old man spent most of his time performing ceremonies seldom seen these days in the more accessible busj of the tribe. Bohhannan wife of one of the elders overheard this part of the story and explained that a quick remarriage is ideal.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. So she is nerveous about telling Hamlet to them, but they are very eager to hear one of her stories. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. Notify me of new comments via email. They clarified that only a male member of ones family had the power to bewitch people therefore it was clearly king Claudius who was behind this. According to him if Laertes won the duel, the great chief would have given him the poison.

One night three men were keeping watch outside the homestead of the great chief, when suddenly they saw the former chief approach them.

“Shakespeare in the Bush” By Laura Bohannan

Choose three of the following points of discussion between the Tiv and Bohannan about Hamlet. They threatened to tell me no more stories until I told them one of mine.

In the boohannan were three pots of beer. On March 19,she died in her home of a heart attack. By Troels and Nanna. The Tiv elders had many explanations for the behavior of Hamlet, which held the authors interest.