Structurally, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and MacBeth are the same story, told from two different perspectives. Both are internal royal court intrigues about who should be in charge. Both have strong female characters. Both have supernatural elements. And, both are resolved with violence.
The major difference is that MacBeth is told from the perspective of the one who steals the throne. Hamlet is told from the perspective of the one who has had the throne stolen from him.
In Duncan Hambeth: Furniture King of the South, the two stories are brought together and modernized. And, instead of one major character, the story has two major characters, careening toward each other on an inevitable collision course.
Tim Hooker is a teaching writer in Cleveland, Tennessee, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. He is the author of Rocket Man, A Rhapsody of Short Stories and Duncan Hambeth: Furniture King of the South. In addition to his work in fiction, he is known for his work in local television, radio, and newspapers. He lives with his wife, Rhonda, and their four cats.
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