Free Essay

Hamlet Film

In: English and Literature

Submitted By cccancandi
Words 1576
Pages 7
Hamlet Film Essay Hamlet is a play that transcends generations and has been placed on a pedestal of fame along with its author, the legendary William Shakespeare. Every word in every line of dialogue has been analyzed repeatedly and broken down by numerous experts of Shakespeare, not to mention that thousands of high school students every year pay homage to the playwright by reading and interpreting his famous text. Despite all of the time and effort invested into decoding arguably Shakespeare’s most famous work, the true meaning he put behind the pen and paper still remains wildly debated and surrounded with intrigue. Film directors and visionaries have taken control of this situation and have utilized artistic liberties to each create their own interpretations of the timeless tale. Two of such directors, Franco Zeffirelli and Kenneth Branagh have created two very different manifestations of Hamlet . Transcending the obvious choices of setting and time period, the directors’ visions of each of the characters have also greatly affected the way viewers envision the classic tale. Branagh and Zeffirelli’s different portrayals of Ophelia made for unique experiences of Hamlet in each of the movies. Each of the films manifests into physical existence two very different Ophelias. Kate Winslet’s portrayal of Ophelia in Branagh’s movie shows independence and assertiveness, as well as maturity. Ophelia often appears in scenes where she does not in the actual play, such as Act 1, Scene 2. She shows up to read half of the letter before letting her father read the second half. Her increased screen time shows the director’s emphasis on her as an influential character. In the final scenes of her madness, Ophelia displays the qualities of assertiveness and spirit that makes her memorable. In a brief scene she is shown bouncing off of the padded walls of her cell, as if trying to get out. Later, when she is let out in front of an audience of the king and the queen

she is first on the ground, immobilized in a straightjacket. When she is let free, she fights against her the people restraining her and her voice often raises to a shout in her insane exchange. A particularly memorable scene is when she is singing, or rather screaming, her nonsense songs, and presses against the king at the lines, “‘By Gis and by Saint Charity, alack, and fie for shame! Young men will do't if they come to't by Cock, they are to blame.’” At the exact moment when she says “cock,” she thrusts her hips directly at the king’s private area, sending him stumbling back. In her madness, Ophelia’s strong will is emphasized through her fearlessness when she faces the king and forceful and wild way she portrays her insanity. She drops to the ground at “Quoth she, 'Before you tumbled me, you promis'd me to wed.' He answers: 'So would I 'a' done, by yonder sun, an thou hadst not come to my bed,’” jabbing the air with her hips and writhing around in a sexual manner. One can tell that Ophelia is not a sheltered girl, but a woman who has had experience with her own sexuality. The additions of various sex scenes between her and Hamlet reinforce this. Branagh’s film portrays Ophelia’s madness as a way for her to strike out and express anger and frustration against the unfortunate events happening around her; although her mind is clouded, she does not lose dignity. During her last exchange with Laertes, her voice remains even and her composure calm. She begins singing with the words, “And will he not come again?And will he not come again? No, no, he is dead; go to thy deathbed; he never will come again.” Turning away from her brother, she sings in a clear and pure voice, her expression sorrowful and desolate. At the end of her singing, she turns back to her brother and casts a loving look on his face. She quietly tells him, “God b' wi' you,” before standing up and walking away. At this moment her insanity melts away and she appears dignified and strong. Later in the movie,

after being hosed down by guards, she reveals the key to her cell hidden in her mouth. She hardly seems insane; she is woman with a plan to break out and to continue on with her life. The last time we see Ophelia is a cut to her lifeless form floating in the river. Her dignified and calculated actions towards the end of the movie makes it seem like it was her plan to drown herself. In the end she is a woman who chose to deal with her pain by choosing to end her own life. The Ophelia in the 1990 Zeffirelli version of Hamlet is in stark contrast to Kate Winslet’s portrayal. Played by Helena Bonham Carter, this Ophelia is shy and meek. Her body language throughout the entire movie creates an image of a lost little girl. Ophelia is constantly averting her eyes while speaking and placing her hands near her mouth or fluttering around her face. Her clothes are also drab and made from dull colors, and she often blends into the backgrounds of the scenes she appears in. When the viewers first see her insane, she looks like a mischievous child who has ran away from her parents. Her eyes peer from behind a castle wall before her whole face emerges; she then continues to dart up a stretch of step pressed against a wall, her eyes darting nervously back in forth as if afraid of being caught. Ophelia is wearing a colorless dress that seems much too big for her, and her bare toes poke from underneath the hem. Her behavior and appearance emphasize her child­like qualities as she seems small and helpless. Later when she encounters the king and the queen, as well as an assembly of other witnesses of her madness, she scurries back and forth between different people, her erratic a direct reflection of her jumbled and confused mind. Ophelia begins playing with her hands and seems lost in her own world before the king regains her attention, inquiring, “How do you, pretty lady?” She looks a bit startled before flashing a sheepish smile and replies, “Well, God dild you! They say the owl was a baker's daughter. Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be. God be at your

table! I hope all will be well. We must be patient.” Her eyes dart back and forth between the floor and the ground when approaching the king, and she peers up with quivering pupils when speaking. After this, she becomes distracted again and turns away for a moment before clenching her head and collapsing on the ground with high­pitched wails. This Ophelia is helpless and lost in her madness. She is overwhelmed with the loss of the strongest authority figure in her life, Polonius, and with the absence of Hamlet; she doesn’t know how to cope with being alone with no one to direct her. She retreats into a childlike state and her sporadic movements and behavior reflect the overwhelming feeling of being lost. In her final scene, we see Ophelia running through a grassy, wooded slope to stop in the middle of a bridge built over a creek. She sits on the edge of the bridge, her bare legs dangling over the edge, while throwing flowers into the water. Her appearance is that of a young child’s innocent and oblivious to the impending danger. The camera shoots her from above, making her look even smaller than she actually is. From her actions leading up to this point and her perilous position on the bridge, one can assume that she accidentally fell into the water and drowned. Unlike the Ophelia in Branagh’s interpretation she doesn’t seem to have the drive or will to kill herself, or even have had the notion of doing so. In her final scene, Ophelia retains that childlike demeanor and innocence she portrayed throughout the entire movie. Her madness accentuates this quality by exaggerating these traits’ Ophelia is too overwhelmed by the unfortunate events surrounding her and retreats into a naive dream world, completely losing rational thought. Kenneth Branagh and Franco Zeffirelli have created two completely distinct interpretations of Hamlet through their movie directing. The exploration and portrayal of Ophelia in the two movies demonstrate how one story can create two completely different directions. The

Ophelia in Branagh’s version is womanly and strong­willed, while Zeffirelli’s Ophelia is meek and childlike. For me, Branagh’s Ophelia provided a more rounded, wholesome view on her progression as a character. While the Ophelia portrayed by Carter was flat and unchanging in her behavior and actions throughout the movie, only exaggerating those same characteristics in madness, Winslet’s portrayal of Ophelia uses insanity as a tool to enhance her potential as a woman, bringing the viewers through a complete character arc resulting in her suicide. In the Branagh film, one is more satisfied with the progression of Ophelia as she had a say in her own fate, unlike the Ophelia in Zeffirelli’s interpretation. The portrayal of Ophelia in the two movies clearly display the creative relationship between a reader and the text. Ultimately, it is up to the audience to draw conclusions from a piece of literature, and the directors’ different renderings of the same character show the extent of such interpretations.

Similar Documents

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...Throughout history of English literature, William Shakespeare’s characters have been some of the most complex and famous characters in literature. They are played over and over again in community theaters, and their archetypes are used repeatedly in modern film and books. In Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Hamlet is arguably displayed as one of the most dramatic character ever created. From the moment we meet the prince we are captivated by his elegant, yet intense personality. The play opens up with frightened guards forced to stand watch in the cold, dark night. They are frightened because they believe they have seen an apparition, or ghost of some sort. Prince Hamlet has just arrived home from school because his father has pasted away. To make matters worse for Prince Hamlet, his mother, Queen Gertrude, has married his uncle, Claudius, the newly appointed king, very soon after his father’s death. When Hamlet joins the guards and his good friend Horatio, they too see the ghost. They’ll all soon realize the spirit is the image of the late King Hamlet, dressed in his armor, ready to fight. From our very first encounter with Hamlet, he is consumed by grief and obsessed by death. Although he is dressed in black to signify his mourning, his emotions run deeper than his appearance. In Act 1, Scene 2, he says to his mother: ‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good-mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black ... Together with all forms, moods, shows of grief That can......

Words: 1102 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...poetic and inspiring person. With all of his burdens, it is no wonder that Hamlet is so prone to sadness. Many people would simply give up and stop looking for justice. However, Hamlet proves that he is a tragic hero by using his anger, resentment and sadness to motivate him to seek a just revenge which is, of course, Cladius’s death. What is very interesting about the play, however, is that Hamlet delays this revenge for almost the whole play. He discovers Cladius’s betrayal in Act I when the ghost of his father visits him. Yet, he does not really strive to get revenge until late in the final act, Act V. This is evidence of just how depressed he is. As everyone knows, depression really affects behavior. It tends to make people inactive and unmotivated. Even though Hamlet knows he has been betrayed by his mother and uncle, his anger about that is far outweighed by his depression. It tends to blunt the instinct he has to seek revenge. However, when Hamlet discovers proof of his uncle’s treachery (the letter to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern), he is ready to take revenge. Outside of murder and betrayal, there are other reasons for Hamlet’s depression: the death of his love, Ophelia, his resentment toward his mother, his betrayal by his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and the overwhelming feeling that his father, King Hamlet, did not deserve to die. King Hamlet’s death obviously affects Hamlet. It is even worse, because he knows that it is the King’s......

Words: 1375 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...Hamlet, In spite of a prejudice current in certain circles that if now produced for the first time it would fail, is the most popular play in our language. ~ G.H.Lewes. The distinctive concerns of a time and place construct the foundation and shape meaning in a text. The Shakespearean play of Hamlet is an enduring play as the themes introduced in the play by Shakespeare are closely parallel and touch on with the intricacies of human conditions. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is complex play where numeral themes are intertwined. These themes reinforce the development of a revenge tragedy. Without any doubt, the most essential theme present in Hamlet is revenge. Revenge is a frightening bloodthirsty emotion which forces individuals to act blindly. This aspect of revenge is explored through the play by Shakespeare creating the idea in which Hamlet seeks to avenge the murder of his father, King Hamlet, by Claudius. In a typical revenge tragedy, a revenger craves and takes his revenge, leaving himself in a vicious cycle of ongoing revenge. However Hamlet is quite different, “prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, / must like a whore unpack my heart with words” As instead of taking revenge he talks about it. William Shakespeare very effectively uses soliloquies to accentuate character traits and to reinforce specific themes in his play. A soliloquy spoken by hamlet in act 3 clearly portrays his character flaws and......

Words: 1371 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Adaptation and Hamlet

...Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet can be noted to be one of his most historic play writes of significance. The adaptation of the play into a movie directed by Franco Zefferelli was directly due to the importance of the story. The movie compared to the play write has many similarities and many differences. These differences were not intended to change the plot or the perspective, it was intended to merely intensify what’s going on, shorten the plot and give the viewer an easier understanding of what’s going on. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, the ghost of the king had been seen by Horatio and the guards and they intended to let Hamlet speak to whom ever it was because they didn’t know if it was a trick or what it was.. In the movie they are at the king’s funeral and Gertrude and Hamlet are next to the coffin, Hamlet sprinkles some dust on the coffin and Claudius touches his sword against it. The reason for this opening scene to be changed would be due to the fact that in the play it says that Hamlet came after his father’s funeral. Within the context of the movie it is easier to figure out that Hamlet doesn’t just want revenge but he wants justice. Although Hamlet never states that Claudius’ actions must follow with his death, which is actually what happens. In both the play and the film Hamlet waits to try and kill Claudius. However in the film he doesn’t seem to be upset over what he has to do and he doesn’t seem like an assassin. This changes the view we have of Hamlet......

Words: 493 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...Essay #4 Revenge causes the characters in Hamlet to act blindly through anger and emotion, rather than through reason. It is based on the Old Testament principle of an eye for an eye; this action is not always the best means to an end. Fortinbras, Laertes, and Hamlet were all looking to avenge the deaths of their fathers. They all acted on emotion driven by the want for revenge for their father's deaths, and this led to the downfall of two, and the rise to power of one. Since the heads of the three major families were each murdered, the eldest sons of these families felt that they needed to take some kind of action to avenge their father's deaths; this need to bring honor to their respective families was ultimately the demise of Laertes and Hamlet. To set the background we will start with Hamlet himself. Hamlet is the prince and heir to the Danish throne, under the King, his father, also Hamlet. His father has recently enjoyed a wildly successful military campaign against the King of Norway and actually killed King Fortinbras in a one on one battle to the death. By doing this, he is made a clear target of Prince Fortinbras, the son and soon-to-be-king of Norway. Also looking at his recent successes is his brother Claudius, who allegedly plots to kill the elder Hamlet in order to steal wife and Kingdom. Once the deed is done, Hamlet is visited by a ghost who explains the plot of Claudius. In order to divert attention, Hamlet begins to act as though he was mad. An......

Words: 1412 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...and Origin of Hamlet Although I enjoyed reading many of the texts throughout the semester during this course, my favorite reading was Hamlet. Only the first part of the book was assigned to read, but I was very interested to hear about the end of the book. I decided that this would be a good opportunity to read the rest of the book and use it for my final paper in the class. Not only did I get to finish the book, I also learned much about the author William Shakespeare and the country of England. I hope to make it clear of my understanding of the text, author, and country in this final paper. Hamlet has not only taught me the importance of family and struggle with fate, but has also given me a better understanding of whom and where the novel originated. The text begins in Denmark where a ghost walks the embankments of Elsinore Castle. The ghost is first discovered by some guards, then by Horatio. Horatio is a close friend and former classmate of Hamlet. The ghost resembles the recently deceased King Hamlet, Hamlet’s father. King Hamlet’s brother, Claudius has inherited the throne and married the king’s widow, Queen Gertrude. Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother. When Horatio and the guards bring Prince Hamlet to see the ghost, it speaks to him. The ghost threateningly states that it is his father’s spirit, and that he was murdered by Claudius. He orders Hamlet to seek revenge on the man who seized his throne and married his wife, and then disappears. Prince Hamlet decides to......

Words: 1402 - Pages: 6

Free Essay

Hamlet Film Proposal

...right or wrong way to create Hamlet, the play written by William Shakespeare, due to the intriguing and complex displays of human nature found in the text. This allows for limitless interpretation of this timeless play, and gentlemen, today I would like to share with you my very own. I believe with all my heart that the themes of revenge, unspeakable anger, wicked disloyalty, and many more found in Hamlet are timeless, and I wish to prove this to the audience by setting this production in the 22nd century. With scenes utilizing dark, ominous sets, exaggerated focus on body language to amplify the inner emotion of each character, and regular usage of silhouettes to portray our protagonist’s inner emptiness, this visual style will hold true to the essence of Hamlet, regardless of the 500-year leap into a dreary, futuristic Denmark. The costumes will be realistically modern, while reflecting the inner motives of each character, and will by no means be excessively futuristic and silly. Subtlety is key to film making, and this is Hamlet—not Tron. With Joaquin Phoenix as Hamlet, Sigourney Weaver as Gertrude, and Anthony Hopkins as Claudius, this film will be globally praised as innovative, twisted, and expertly performed. Gentlemen, have I gotten your attention? Not only will this production hold true to the original text, but it will also explore an entirely different world for these characters that will both move and inspire all who see it. Setting the film 500 years into the......

Words: 958 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Hamlet

...Hamlet Worldviews Essay There are many versions of the famous play ‘Hamlet’, which all follow the same tragedy, but the target audiences for each version of the artwork naturally interpret the play/ films differently than the original target audience. Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” targets the audience of the Globe theatre in the late 16th to 17th century, while the very popular Kenneth Branaugh’s “Hamlet” targets a completely different audience, targeting the 19th century audience. Both versions are quite similar, however; Branaugh modified his version appropriately so that his audience could have a better understanding of the madness and religion and views on suicide displayed in “Hamlet”. Shakespeare’s audience would interpret Hamlet’s madness differently than Branaugh’s audience in the sense that Shakespeare wanted to portray the idea that Hamlet was mad because his evil conscience was demanding that he took revenge, and this ultimately took control over him—causing him to go mad. Today’s audience would be more likely to assume that Hamlet has gone mad as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by his uncle murdering his beloved father. This is a significant impact on the target audience because Shakespeare wouldn’t have been familiar with the disorder, and Branaugh does well in creating the effect that Hamlet wasn’t just mad because of his conscience demanding revenge, but the trauma of losing his father through an atypical death. Hamlet: “Not where he eats but......

Words: 631 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Hamlet

...In order to understand Hamlet, we must understand his frustration. This frustration is most clear in his famous monologue, famously beginning with the line "Oh what a rogue and peasant slave am I." This self-condemnation is contrasted by his admiration for the actor of the previous scene, who "in a fiction" is able to "force his soul to his own conceit." The word "soul" is an example of metonymy, as the soul represents the actor's "visage," "tears," "distraction," and "voice." Thus Hamlet equates "soul" with one's actions, so by his own comparison his soul is weak, as he does not take action against the king. The second sentence is furthermore a rhetorical question, beginning with, "Is it notŠ" So clearly Hamlet's lack of emotion is "monstrous" in his own mind at the very start of the monologue. The equation of "Hecuba" to "nothing" is then contrasted by Hamlet's "cue" being the murder of his father. Hamlet then states that the actor would "drown the stage with tears" if he were in Hamlet's position. The visual hyperbole which is compounded by the repetit... ... middle of paper ... ...tions: Hamlet. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1986. Rpt. from Tragic Alphabet: Shakespeare's Drama of Language. N. p.: Yale University Press, 1974. Rosenberg, Marvin. "Laertes: An Impulsive but Earnest Young Aristocrat." Readings on Hamlet. Ed. Don Nardo. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1999. Rpt. from The Masks of Hamlet. Newark, NJ: University of Delaware Press,......

Words: 1325 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...Horatio, to watch with them. When he sees the ghost, he decides they should tell Hamlet, the dead King's son. Hamlet is also the nephew of the present King, Claudius, who not only assumed his dead brother's crown but also married his widow, Gertrude. Claudius seems an able King, easily handling the threat of the Norwegian Prince Fortinbras. But Hamlet is furious about Gertrude's marriage to Claudius. Hamlet meets the ghost, which claims to be the spirit of his father, murdered by Claudius. Hamlet quickly accepts the ghost's command to seek revenge. Yet Hamlet is uncertain if what the ghost said is true. He delays his revenge and begins to act half-mad, contemplate suicide, and becomes furious at all women. The Lord Chamberlain, Polonius, concludes that Hamlet's behavior comes from lovesickness for Ophelia, Polonius's daughter. Claudius and Gertrude summon two of Hamlet's old friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to find out what's wrong with him. As Polonius develops a plot to spy on a meeting between Hamlet and Ophelia, Hamlet develops a plot of his own: to have a recently arrived troupe of actors put on a play that resembles Claudius's alleged murder of Old Hamlet, and watch Claudius's reaction. Polonius and Claudius spy on the meeting between Ophelia and Hamlet, during which Hamlet flies into a rage against women and marriage. Claudius concludes Hamlet neither loves Ophelia nor is mad. Seeing Hamlet as a threat, he decides to send him away. At the play that night,......

Words: 10550 - Pages: 43

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, a lot of the characters tried to avenge a family member’s death by killing another person, which resulted in terrible consequences. There were many terrible sins committed, most of which were related to lies, betrayal and worst of all, murder. These terrible sins eventually led to negative consequences which built up and led to death. Everyone in the play Hamlet committed sins except for Horatio, who was the only survivor at the end of the play. This proves that all the other characters committed terrible sins that led to death. The sins and mistakes these other characters made led to their death. All of the characters in Hamlet deserved what they got. Both Hamlet and Laertes tried to avenge the death of a loved one by wanting to kill someone else. Claudius murdered his own brother for selfish needs; all three characters deserved death as a consequence. Young Hamlet has committed murder; Hamlet has killed his own uncle king Claudius for revenge. Revenge resulting to murder is a sin, which exactly what Hamlet did, he committed a sin. “A villain kills my father, and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send.” (III.iii.76-77) After Hamlet found out the truth of his father’s death he decided to avenge his death, which meant killing Claudius. The thought of killing someone is a murderous sin. The fact that Hamlet wants to murder Claudius means that Hamlet has committed a sin. Hamlet did not only think......

Words: 1245 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark ASCII text placed in the public domain by Moby Lexical Tools, 1992. SGML markup by Jon Bosak, 1992-1994. XML version by Jon Bosak, 1996-1999. Simplified XML version by Max Froumentin, 2001. The XML markup in this version is Copyright © 1999 Jon Bosak. This work may freely be distributed on condition that it not be modified or altered in any way. Table of Contents Act 1 .................................... p. 5 Scene 1 .................................... p. 5 Scene 2 .................................... p. 11 Scene 3 .................................... p. 20 Scene 4 .................................... p. 24 Scene 5 .................................... p. 28 Act 2 .................................... p. 36 Scene 1 .................................... p. 36 Scene 2 .................................... p. 40 Act 3 .................................... p. 61 Scene 1 .................................... p. 61 Scene 2 .................................... p. 67 Scene 3 .................................... p. 81 Scene 4 .................................... p. 84 Act 4 .................................... p. 92 Scene 1 .................................... p. 92 Scene 2 .................................... p. 93 Scene 3 .................................... p. 95 Scene 4 .................................... p. 97 Scene 5 .................................... p. 100 Scene 6 .................................... p. 108 Scene 7 ......................

Words: 33041 - Pages: 133

Premium Essay

Allusions to Hamlet

...Essay Allusions to Hamlet in Modern World As everyone knows, Hamlet was written by William Shakespeare over 400 years ago, but, however, it continues to reign as one of the most imitated and relevant plays of our time. Interpretations of Shakespeare’s classic tale of revenge have turned up in some surprising places: children’s television programs and films, a popular television series about a corrupt motorcycle gang and other well-known shows, motion pictures, and best-selling contemporary novels. Perhaps one of the most interesting Hamlet interpretations is a film for children called Green Eggs and Hamlet. The live-action film, released in 1995 and written by Mike O’Neil, retells the tragic tale in classic Dr. Seuss rhyme. The film follows Prince Hamlet as he seeks to avenge his father’s murder, while his servant, Sam Iamlet, encourages him to sample a new food dish. The Disney classic, The Lion King, is also fully based on Hamlet. Released in 1994, The Lion King contains some direct parallels to the play, including the death of King Mufasa at the hands of his scheming brother, Scar. Mufasa’s young son, Simba, is visited by his dead father’s ghost, and there is even comic relief provided by two supplemental characters – Timon and Pumba. Although there is some debate over whether the references to Hamlet were intentional, this is where the similarities end, as The Lion King has a much happier ending and far fewer deaths. Sesame Street also took on the almighty play.......

Words: 1190 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Film Review: Hamlet (2009) Gregory Doran

...Film Review: Hamlet (2009) Gregory Doran I had not expected to laugh at Hamlet, as much as I did at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2009 production of Hamlet. Director, Gregory Doran, does the play an informative justice and favourable effort at guiding the perspective of the audience into focus of certain character’s monologue. This, along with the strings of time being interwoven with the set designs and costumes, adds many more layers than other works by the Royal Shakespeare Company. With these layers and additions, Gregory Doran creates an emphatic and enthusiastic version of Hamlet that, although most modern, can be viewed as the most popular of the few. It had been unusual to me to see such stars as David Tennant and Patrick Stewart bolstering as their respective Hamlet and Claudius. To start, Tennant I found to be the utmost enrapturing version of Hamlet I had witnessed. Tennant uses his limber body to express his emotional responses in every frame he exists within. In (Hamlet, 1.2.4) before and after he discovers news of his Father’s Ghost, Tennant expresses rage, sadness, excitement and doubt, within a few minutes of dialogue. It is here, where you the viewer, are first gazed upon by the nature of the actor, and the rawness you are intended to feel. I compare the eye contact to the effect of being a member of the audience in a stage play. It resembles the notion that a character that addresses outward from the stage, into the crowd, that said character is......

Words: 1598 - Pages: 7

Premium Essay

Hamlet

...Effect |  In Act I.v, the Ghost of King Hamlet reveals to Hamlet that the King had been poisoned to death by Claudius.  Dramatic irony occurs because Hamlet, the Ghost and we know the truth that Claudius murdered Hamlet's father.Dramatic irony occurs because only the readers and his friends Marcellus and Horatio know that Hamlet is only pretending to be mad.Ophelia and Polonious thinks that Hamlet is mad in love with Ophelia but only we and his friends know that Hamlet is only pretending to be mad.  |  Hamlet, Ghost and Claudius    |  Sympathy with Hamlet and his father.Antipathy with Claudius |  Claudius killed the father of Hamlet. And no one knew the reality.Antipathy for Claudius because he murdered his own brother and became the king. |   | | Hamlet, Horatio and Marcellus | Sympathy with Hamlet. | Sympathy with Hamlet because he knows that his father had been murdered but couldn’t reveal the truth. | | | Hamlet, Ophelia and Polonious | Sympathy with Ophelia. | Sympathy with Ophelia because she also thought that Hamlet was mad, which made her sad. | | | | | | | |       |   |   |   | Dramatic Irony Critical Analysis- For my critical analysis of dramatic irony in Hamlet I chose when Hamlet learns that his father was poisoned by Claudius. This situation is dramatic irony because Hamlet and the reader know that it was Claudius was the one that killed Hamlet’s father, but the rest of Denmark believes that King Hamlet was bitten by a snake. The rest......

Words: 527 - Pages: 3