UNIVERSIDAD PEDAGÓGICA NACIONAL
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH II
LAURA CAROLINA VELANDIA
COMMENTARY ABOUT HAMLET
In the following commentary, I will introduce, on the one hand, a brief comparative data from the play “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare and film “Hamlet, the honor of revenge” by Franco Zeffirelli..
As regards to analysis of the work itself and the characters I will address various topics, such as: revenge, doubt, fate and ambition. The tragedy of Hamlet, prince of Denmark is probably the most famous theatrical piece of Western culture and one of the most criticized literary works in history. It was written between 1599 and 1601, near the end of the Elizabethan Age into so-called “Problem tragedy”. The play takes place in Elsinore, Denmark, and tells us how Prince Hamlet carries out his revenge on his uncle Claudius who murdered King Hamlet, Prince´s father, and who holds the usurper crown and marriage to Gertrude, Hamlet´s mother. The play takes place vividly over madness (as real as feigned), and the course of deep pain to the excessive anger. Moreover, it explores secondary issues such as treason, incest, and moral conflict. As film opens with the King Hamlet´s funeral and his wife in tears over his grave, the book begins with the talk of the kingdom guards on the ghost of Hamlet´s father. Also, we find differences over the staging of the play on its representation and intentions. However, we can say that both Shakespeare and Zeffirelli focus on Hamlet´s character as representing of a controversial psychology, virtue, intelligence and morality who also lost control of his own will to do the act which he is destined: to avenge death of his father. The fate and change play with lives of characters, as the intrigue and treason become ruthlessly against them:
O villany!–Ho! Let the door be lock’d:
Treachery! seek it out.
As film progresses we see also that the gravedigger scene in it is...
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