22 October, 2021

The Shadows of ‘Hamlet’ in ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Clay Morrow, Claudius of SAMCROClayMorrow

An “original 9” member of SAMCRO, Clay Morrow takes over for the deceased John Teller after his death. That he and his wife, John’s widow, Gemma, are responsible for his death isn’t revealed until later seasons, but the culpability of the death lies beneath the surface, hinted about in whispers between the couple even at the start of the series.

Clay’s desires for the club are very similar to Claudius, Hamlet’s step father/uncle. They both want power. They both want control and they each see the tenuous grips (in Clay’s instance, quite literally), on that power gradually falling from their hands.

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