Hamlet

Hamlet Act I, Scene I – It is midnight and bitter cold. On a platform (a level space on the battlements) outside the castle at Elsinore in Denmark, a sentry (Francisco) is being relieved by another (Bernardo). Later, Marcellus and Horatio join Bernardo. Horatio is there at Marcellus’s request but doubts the sentries’ story that on two previous nights they have seen a ghost. But the ghost reappears, and Horatio, seeing its resemblance to the dead king.

Hamlet, asks it to speak. Instead, it stalks away. Horatio interprets the ghost’s appearance as an omen that strange is about to happen in Denmark. He tells the sentries that Fortinbras, a young. hot-headed Norwegian, has gathered an army and intends to march on Denmark to take back the lands which his father, King Fortinbras, lost to King Hamlet.The ghost then reappears.

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Again, Horatio faces it and asks it to speak. Before it can, a rooster crows, signaling the dawn, and the ghost retreats once more. Horatio and the others agree that Prince Hamlet must be told of the night’s happenings. Act II, Scene II – King Claudius is transacting state business.(Claudius, brother of the dead king, Hamlet, has succeeded him to the throne. He has married the widow, Queen Gertrude, prince Hamlet’s mother.) In an attempt to avoid combat with Fortinbras, Claudius is sending messengers.

Cornelius and Voltimand, to the elderly king of Norway. He wants to inform him of his headstrong nephew’s (Fortinbras) intention to wage war against Denmark. Next, Laertes, son of Claudius’s trusted elderly counselor, Polonius, asks permission to return to France now that Claudius’s coronation is over. Having granted Laertes’s request, Claudius turns to Hamlet, his nephew (and now his stepson).Claudius says that he and the queen are troubled to see Hamlet still grieving over his father’s death. He asks Hamlet to accept him as his new father and assures Hamlet that he will be the successor to the throne.

He and Gertrude entreat Hamlet to remain at court rather than resume his studies at Wittenberg. After everyone else leaves, Hamlet reveals that he is depressed almost to the point of suicide. His anger and disgust are directed toward his mother because so soon after his father’s death, she has married a man inferior to King Hamlet in every way.Bernardo and Marcellus join Hamlet and tell him of the previous night’s event. He resolves to watch with them this night. Act I, Scene III – In Polonius’s house, Laertes and his sister, Ophelia, are saying good-bye.

Laertes warns her against Hamlet, saying a prince must choose his wife carefully and Hamlet is probably not seriously interested in her. At that moment, Polonius comes in and gives Laertes some fatherly advice about what his behavior should be in France.When he finds out that they have been talking about Hamlet, he adds his opinion that Hamlet is probably amusing himself with Ophelia. He tells her to avoid Hamlet.

She says she will obey. Act I, Scene IV – At midnight, Hamlet. Horatio, and Marcellus are on the platform.wondering if the ghost will appear. It does, and although Hamlet is not certain if it is his dead father or an evil spirit, he speaks to it. He asks why it has returned from the tomb. The ghost does not answer, but beckons Hamlet to follow it. Horatio and Marcellus beg him not to.

but he does follow the ghost. Act I, Scene V – When they are alone. the ghost tells Hamlet that if he loved his father, he must avenge his father’s murder.

The ghost (King Hamlet) describes how his brother, Claudius, murdered him, then took his throne and queen. Although offended that Gertrude remarried so soon after his death, he warns Hamlet to take no revenge on her. Her guilty conscience will punish her enough.Because it is almost dawn. the ghost then disappears.

Hamlet does not tell the others what the ghost has said, but makes them promise to tell no one what they have seen. Act II, Scene I – Polonius is sending a servant, Reynaldo, to France to spy on Laertes and see how he is behaving. Polonius tells Reynaldo to talk to Laertes’s acquaintances, pretending to know him slightly, and suggest that he is immoral. Thus, Polonius tells Reynaldo he can trick people into telling whatever they know about Laertes’s behavior. Reynaldo leaves.Ophelia comes in, excited and troubled because Hamlet has just visited her and he was acting very strange and agitated.

He never spoke. but studied her face for a long time, then sighed, and left her. Polonius interprets his behavior as an indication that Hamlet’s love for Ophelia has driven him mad since Ophelia has been avoiding Hamlet as Polonius told her to do. Polonius decides that he misjudged Hamlet and that King Claudius must be told how matters stand. Act II, Scene II – Just as Polonius has arranged to have Reynaldo spy on Laertes, King Claudius has summoned two old friends of Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to spy on Hamlet.He tells them to spend time with Hamlet and try to discover what troubles him.

Queen Gertrude also entreats them to find out what is on Hamlet’s mind, promising them that ‘they will be well paid for their efforts. Polonius brings in Voltimand and Cornelius, who have just returned with the good news that the king of Norway has made Fortinbras promise never to take up arms against Denmark. The king does request though that Fortinbras be allowed to take his army across Denmark, for he now intends to do battle with the Poles. In his long-winded way, Polonius then begins to tell Claudius and Gertrude that he has discovered the cause of Hamlet’s strange behavior.

He is in love with Ophelia, and since she has spurned him (obeying Polonius’s order) Hamlet has begun to act like a madman.To prove his point, Polonius proposes to set a trap for Hamlet. He will arrange to have Ophelia meet Hamlet accidentally.

The king and Polonius will conceal themselves behind a wall hanging and eavesdrop on Hamlet’s conversation with Ophelia. At that point, Hamlet appears; he is completely engrossed in a book that he is reading as he walks. Polonius asks Claudius and Gertrude to leave him alone with Hamlet so he can see what is on Hamlet’s mind. Hamlet’s answers to his questions make Polonius more certain that Hamlet is crazy.Actually, Hamlet is baiting Polonius: after Polonius leaves, Hamlet calls him a tedious old fool. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrive and begin to question Hamlet, trying to prove their suspicion that Hamlet’s strange behavior is a result of disappointed ambition because he did not succeed his father to the throne.

Hamlet outwits them and shows that he is aware that they have come because the king and queen sent for them. When they admit that he is right, he tells them how disillusioned he feels. Nothing in life gives him pleasure. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern tell him they passed some actors coming to perform at court.Polonius comes in and tells Hamlet what he already knows, the news about the players (actors). Again, Hamlet makes fun of Polonius, but Polonius takes no offense since he is so certain that Hamlet is deranged.

Hamlet greets the players and reminds them of a scene from a play he once saw them perform. He begins a speech he remembers, and the first player picks it up where Hamlet stops. Then Hamlet tells Polonius to take the players to their quarters and to be certain to treat them kindly.The first player lingers. Hamlet asks him if he knows a play called The Murder of Gonzago.

When the player says he does, Hamlet requests it for the next night’s performance and tells the player that he will write twelve or sixteen lines to be added to the play. He then dismisses the player and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Then, in a soliloquy, Hamlet berates himself for not yet having avenged his father’s murder. Still troubled by the possibility that the ghost is an evil spirit, not his dead father, Hamlet has decided to test Claudius.

He will have the players perform a murder scene. If his uncle acts guilty, Hamlet will have his proof and take his revenge. Act III, Scene I – With Polonius and Ophelia present, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern report to the king and Queen that they have failed to find the cause of Hamlet’s strange behavior. When they leave, Claudius asks Gertrude to leave too, for he and Polonius are about to eavesdrop on Hamlet’s conversation with Ophelia. After the queen leaves, Polonius instructs his daughter to pretend to read her prayer book.

He generalizes that by such pious pretense people often conceal evil actions. His remark troubles Claudius who has much to conceal himself. Hamlet comes in, talking to himself about suicide. He says that because life is so difficult, people might use suicide as an escape if they were not deterred by fear of what might happen after death. Hamlet then sees and greets Ophelia.She tries to return the gifts he once gave her, but he denies the giving. He is harsh to her, saying, I did love you once. He talks cynically of marriage and women, then leaves her.

Poor Ophelia grieves to see him so changed and, like her father, is certain he is mad. Having heard the conversation, Claudius doubts that Hamlet is mad but believes he is a threat. He decides to send him to England.Polonius still thinks Hamlet is lovesick and suggests that Gertrude sound him out.

Polonius will eavesdrop on their conversation. Act III, Scene II – After instructing the players about their performance, Hamlet talks to Horatio. praising his even temper and sound judgment. He then tells Horatio his plan to test the king.They agree that they will both watch Claudius to see if he acts guilty when the stage murder takes place. Just before the play, the members of the court come in.

Instead of sitting with his mother as she asks, Hamlet sits beside …

Hamlet

Hamlet Hamlet In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Two of the character’sfathers are brutishly murdered. The first murdered character is KingHamlet who is supposed to be revenge by his son prince Hamlet. Thesecond murder is Polonius who is supposed to be revenged by his sonLaertes.

Both Prince Hamlet and Laertes go to seek revenge for thedeath of fathers, however they will each use different methods toaccomplish their deeds. Prince Hamlet has a meeting with the dead ghost of his father KingHamlet. King Hamlet’s ghost reveals to his son, his murder by hisbrother Claudius. Hamlet is informed by his father that he needs to beavenged by the death of his brother Claudius. By this time Claudius hasalready ascended the throne, and married Hamlet’s mother QueenGertrude.Hamlet decides to take a passive approach to avenge hisfather. Hamlet first decides to act abnormal which does not accomplishmuch besides warning his uncle that he might know he killed his father. Later in the play a troop of actors come to act out a play, and Hamlet has them reenact the murder of is father in front of his uncleClaudius.

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The actors murder scene also make Hamlet question himselfabout the fact that he has done nothing yet to avenge his father. Hamletsays ” But am I Pigeon-livered and lack gall / To make oppressionbitter, or ere this / I should ha’ fatted all the region kites / Withthis slave’s offal. Bloody, bawdy villain! ( Act II scene 2 page 84line 577- 580 ).During the play Hamlet watches is uncle Claudius tosee his reaction when the actors perform the murder scene. Hamlet planworks his uncle throws a fit and runs out the room, where Hamlet goesafter him. When Hamlet catches up to his uncle his uncle is kneelingdown praying, and Hamlet pulls out his sword and gets ready to killhim.

But all the sudden Hamlet changes his mind because if he kills hisuncle while he’s praying he will go to heaven, and Hamlet wants him togo to hell. So hamlet postpones the execution of his uncle.The nextconfrontation does not happen till the end of the book when Hamletescapes from his uncle’s ill murder attempt on his life. Hamlet latersword fences with Laertes. All the sudden Hamlet’s mother QueenGertrude drinks a poison glass intended for Hamlet. When Hamlet is notlooking Laertes stabs him with a poison sword then Hamlet takes hold ofthe poisoned sword, and stabs Laertes with it. As this happens QueenGertrude dies from the poison drink.

As Laertes lays down dying hereveals to Hamlet that his uncle King Claudius was behind it all, thepoisoned sword and drink that has just killed his mother.Hamlet then ina fit of rage runs his uncle through with the poison sword. Hamlet hasnow finally revenged his father through much time then after his task iscompleted he finally collapses from the poison on the sword. Polonius is murdered by Hamlet when Polonius his discovered listeningto Hamlet, and his mother’s Queen Gertrude conversation . Hamletunknowing of who the person behind the tapestry is, kills Polonius fromwhere he was spying. When news of his fathers death reaches Polonius’sson Laertes, he comes back with an entourage to seek revenge for hisfathers death. In this conversation Laertes believes Hamlets uncle KingClaudius is responsible for his fathers death.

” How came he dead? I’ll not be juggled with./ To hell, allegiance! Vows, to the blackestdevil! / Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! / I daredamnation. To this point I stand, / That both the worlds I give tonegligence, / Let come what comes, only I’ll be revenged / Mostthoroughly for my father. ( Act IV scene 5 page 134 line 133-139 ) Laertes takes a more aggressive stand point than Hamlet Laertes isready to kill the king right away thinking that he murdered his father.

But king Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet is the one who killed hisfather. King Claudius also finds out that Hamlet has escape the trapthat he setup to get him murdered.So King Claudius sets up anotherplan with Laertes. This plan calls for Hamlet and Laertes to have amock sword fight, but Laertes will be using a real poisoned sword. Laertes agrees with this, ready to claim Hamlets life for his father’svile murder.

When the sword fight begins Hamlet is winning, but Laertesgets frustrated and stabs Hamlet when he is not looking with thepoisoned sword. After Laertes stabs Hamlet, Hamlet then turns aroundand manages to take the sword from Laertes and stabs Laertes with it.Although Laertes dies first he accomplishes his purpose because Hamletwill die shortly from the poison on the sword. In this play Hamlet by William Shakespeare these two characters Hamletand Laertes both seek to revenged their slayed fathers.

Hamlet with ispassive and scheming approach manages to kill his father’s murder hisuncle Claudius. Laertes with his direct, and forceful dedication slayshis fathers killer Prince Hamlet. Altough Laertes took a much moredirect approach than Hamlet wasting no time, they both howeveraccomplished their goal but at the ultimate price of both their lives!.

Hamlet

Hamlet’s agonized worrying over his state of existence begins before his first encounter with the ghost.

He reports first to his mother that “These but the trappings and suits of woe” (I,ii) do not begin to illumine his inner heartbreak over the death of his father. But it is soon revealed in his first soliloquy that he despairs more over the hasty remarriage of Gertrude than the death of King Hamlet. “…

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a beast, that wants discourse of reason, / Would have mourn’d longer.” (I,ii) Gertrude’s apparent disregard of his honorable late father causes his suicidal dejection.When he hears from the ghost of his father’s murder, he does indeed vow revenge.

However, that revenge never seems to materialize, he thinks and worries but commits no action to fulfill his vow. For some reason, he plays the fool and delays his revenge. Significantly, he presents the play with the scenes altered to mirror the circumstances of Claudius’ crime so Hamlet can watch his reactions with his own eyes. “For I mine eyes will rivet to his face, / And after we will both our judgments join / In censure of his seeming.” (III,ii) Hamlet’s revenge, when it finally occurs, is the result of considerable provocation.

Claudius has been exposed by Laertes as a conspiring murderer of Prince Hamlet. Claudius has caused Hamlet to be the death of several people, notably Ophelia and Gertrude. In the end Hamlet kills Claudius, and the ghost is revenged.But truly, whose revenge has taken place? The connection among all of Hamlet’s actions is merely himself. He certainly mourns his father, but mainly he feels sorry for himself because he lost his mother and his crown the day his father died. It is possible that he misses Gertrude and Denmark more than his father the king. Also, Hamlet cannot accept the ghost’s word for Claudius’ guilt, he arranges a situation where he can watch Claudius condemn himself. Again, this is a reaction from his self-centered motives-he requires the feeling of hatred that is only achieved when he is the victim of a crime.

Although the play shows him a first-hand picture of Claudius’ guilt, it is still not enough provocation for murder. In Hamlet’s case, “self-centered” is not a fault but a way of feeling emotions. He is evidently unable to feel the necessary passion when they are related secondhand, he must have the immediate relation to his own psyche.

Finally, Claudius presents Hamlet with all the reasons for revenge and no room for reservations. A dying Laertes reveals Claudius’ plot to send Hamlet to an English death, and Gertrude is dead from Claudius’ poison that was meant for Hamlet. With such incitement, Hamlet is able to execute Claudius.Hamlet can be deemed successful in the end, because he has redeemed the wrongs committed against his person if not his father’s. He lacks some interior ability to commit bloody revenge for some victim other than himself.

However, Claudius eventually unites Hamlet’s passion to avenge the old king with his need for a primary injury, which causes Claudius’ death and the satisfaction of all Hamlet’s goals, both for himself and his father.

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MisunderstoodShakespeare’s tragic hero, Hamlet, and his sanity can arguably be discussed.

Many aspects of the play support his loss of control in his actions, while otherparts uphold his ability of dramatic art. The issue can be discussed both waysand altogether provide significant support to either theory. Throughout theplay, there are indications from Hamlet that question his mind’s well being.Hamlet’s mood changes abruptly throughout the play. Hamlet appears to act madwhen he hears of his father’s murder.

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At the time he speaks “wild andwhirling” words when he says, “Why, right, you are in the right. Andso, without more circumstance at all, I hold it fit that we shake hands andpart…” (Act I, scene V, lines 132-139). It seems as if there are twoHamlets in the play, one that is a “sensitive and ideal prince, and insanemadman, who from an outburst of passion and rage slays Polonius with no feelingof remorse (Wallace). After Hamlet kills Polonius he will not tell anyone wherethe body is. Instead, he assumes his ironic state, which others perceive asmadness.

“Not where he eats, but where a is eaten. A certain convocationof political worms a e’en at him.” (Act IV, scene III, lines 20-21)Hamlet’s behavior throughout the play, especially towards Ophelia, isinconsistent. He jumps into Ophelia’s grave, and fights with Laertes in hergrave.

During the fight with Laertes in Ophelia’s grave, Hamlet professed howmuch he loved her when he said, “Forty thousand brothers could not, withall their quantity of love, make up my sum” Act V, scene I, lines 272-274). However, Hamlet told her that he never loved her when she returned hisletters and gifts while she was still alive. Hamlet subtly hints his awarenessof his dissolving sanity as he tells Laertes that he killed Polonius in a fit ofrage. Hamlet had violent outbursts towards his mother. They seemed to be out ofjealousy as a result to the Oedipus complex. He alone saw his father’s ghost inhis mother’s chambers.

Every other time the ghost appeared, someone else hadseen it. During this scene he finally shows his insanity when his mother doesnot see the ghost. “On him, on him! Look you how pale he glares! his formand cause conjoined, preaching to stones would make them capable” (Act III,scene IV, lines 129-131). Throughout the play, there are also supporting factorsto argue Hamlet’s sanity. As these details compromise his madness, they in turnbalance out his mental state. Hamlet tells Horatio that he is going to assumemadness, and that if Horatio notices any strange behavior from Hamlet, it isbecause he is putting on an act.

Hamlet’s madness in no way reflects Ophelia’strue madness. Instead, his actions contrast them. Hamlet’s madness is onlyapparent when he is in the presence of certain characters. When Hamlet is aroundPolonius, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, he behavesunreasonably.

When Hamlet is in the presence of Horatio, Bernado, Francisco, ThePlayers, and Grave diggers, his actions are sensible. Other characters confessthat Hamlet’s actions are still strange, and debate whether his insanity isauthentic or not. Claudius confesses that Hamlet’s actions, although out ofcharacter, do not appear to stem from madness.

“And I do doubt the hatchand the disclose will be some danger; which for to prevent, I have in quickdetermination” (Act III, scene I, lines 165-167). Polonius admits thatHamlet’s actions and words have a method to them. They appear to have a reasonbehind them and are logical in nature. “Though this be madness, yet thereis method in’t” (Act II, scene II, line 206). Hamlet tells his mother”That I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft” (Act III,scene IV, lines 194-195).

Hamlet believes in his sanity at all times. He neverdoubts his control over his sanity. “Hamlet realizes his flaw as a man ofthoughts, rather than a man of actions. His cold act of Polonius’ murder is outof rage and furious temper.

He is sorry for it because he has no greatcompassion towards Polonius, since he already has enough grief over his father’sdeath” Hamlet, a tragic hero, did not meet his end because he was sane orinsane. He died because of his own tragic flaw of procrastination and grief.Whether he was sane or just lost control of his actions, both theories havesensible support. Hamlet, as seen from the beginning to the end, a prince thatwas grieve stricken, until a prince of rage and passion, has developed throughthe stages by his own sanity and madness. Whether or not Hamlet was sane, hestill portrayed the role of a mad man when he lost control of his actions.Shakespeare

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Bryce Nations4/28/00SmithLit112Crumbling CastleHamlet is a complex play with many characters that each has an important role in the development of the story line. In the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are inserted for nothing more than comic relief. But on the contrary, in the movie they are hopeless wanderers looking for meaning in the world. The pair is so lost in their mental endeavors that they do not even notice the crumbling of a royal family and ultimately their own deaths.Through Rosencrantz and Guildenstern we learn many lessons of the laws of nature and mathematics. They find answers to some of the worlds most difficult problems that have not even begun to be discovered according to the history books. Such discoveries as Newton’s law of gravity, the steam engine, and the theory of probability can all be solved in their own somewhat idiotic ways. They also argue and prove to each other the obvious puzzles in life.

When trying to demonstrate the difference in which objects fall, Rosencrantz says, You would think that the iron ball would fall at a faster Nations 2rate than this feather. Upon dropping the objects the iron ball plummets to the floor while the feather floats to the ground proving a common fact.There are significant differences between the movie and the book.

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In the book the real world is that of Elsinore to which Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are brought into. The movie puts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in a make-believe world on a journey through the play of hamlet. In the movie the real world is represented by featureless rock and desolate forests, through which the pair journeys to find meaning.

The only thing they can seem to remember is a royal summons given to them from the king of Denmark. Chance is a central image that is associated with the two throughout the film and was shown through the coin toss. The fact that the coin always landed upon the heads side could also serve as foreshadowing the pair’s death. For there seems to be an almost one hundred percent probability that the coin will land on heads and an almost one hundred percent probability that they will be beheaded.

The players have a key role in both the film and text. They provide an important role in catching King Claudius in the text and serve as comic relief in the film. They are first introduced in the film when they bump in to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on the way to the castle. They beg for audiences saying that without one actor’s are useless and then begin to sound off a list of possible performances. The last scene in the movie shows the players riding off down the same road that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern first traveled.

This is hinting that perhaps all the action has taken place within the players wagon and stage.Nations 3The characters within Elsinore remain constant with their actions between the text and film. The story of Hamlet shows the downfall and desecration of the role Denmark family. All the characters within the walls of Elsinore rot and begin to fall apart by the end of the story. Many of them succumb to plain madness like Prince Hamlet and Ophelia. It is almost as if a wave of evil has attacked the once peaceful castle bringing murder and betrayal upon all within it.

At the end of the text the characters all seem to be composed of hatred and vengeance. But this could also be considered their decomposition into wild animal like people who murder at will. In both the film and text no problem seems to have a clear solution.Shakespeare Essays

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Comparison / Contrast of Hamlet the play to the movie Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a story about a king that was murdered by his brother and the prince has been asked by his fathers ghost to avenge his murder. The original story line has been altered a few times since it has been written. The original Hamlet the play and the altered Hamlet the movie are shown differently in many different ways. Hamlet the movie with Mel Gibson shows different things than the play, but there are three major differences between the two.

The three major differences are in the way both of the productions start out, differences in the scene that the players put on a play, and differences in the way the productions end. The first difference is in the way the play and the movie begins. The play starts out with guards standing guard at the castle with Horatio, Hamlets friend. The guards and Horatio are waiting for the ghost of Old Hamlet to arrive so they can find out why he is there. The ghost does arrive twice but does not speak.

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The scene ends with the guards and Horatio discussing that they should get Hamlet to try to speak to the ghost. Hamlet the movie starts out differently. It starts out with the funeral for King Hamlet with Gertrude standing beside the coffin. Hamlet sprinkles dust over his fathers dead body. The coffin is then covered and Claudius, Old Hamlets brother, places his sword over the coffin and Gertrude cries. The second difference is the way the scene is with the players putting on their play. In the play, at the end of the players play, King Claudius stands up and walks slowly towards the stage and laughs for a minute. He then calls for the lights and leaves.

Other people stay behind while Hamlet dances around and sings. Gertrude watches Hamlet and then leaves. In the movie, this scene shows Claudius standing up and yelling lights right when Hamlet states that the murderer gains the love of the player kings wife.

Claudius quickly leaves along with everyone else that was watching the play. Hamlet and Horatio are left behind discussing the kings reaction. Polonius enters and tells Hamlet that the king is upset and that his mother wants to see him.

The third difference is in the way that the play and the movie ends. In the movie, Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude, and Laertes die from the poison, either by the sword or the wine. The movie ends with Horatio holding Hamlet while he dies. The play ends completely different.

As Hamlet is dying, Horatio tries to drink from the poisoned cup but Hamlet stops him. Hamlet says that he needs Horatio to report all that he has witnessed. A shot is heard from far off and Hamlet asks what it is. He is told that it is Fortinbras, returning from his Polish adventures. Hamlet with his dying breath, names Fortinbras as his successor, then dies.

In Summary, with these three examples it is shown that the play and the movie contrast quite a bit. Most of the story line and the dialogue were very similar to the original story in the movie but some things were changed, possibly to shorten the story to be able to make it into a movie. Words/ Pages : 569 / 24

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Hamlet Hamlet: Aha! Come, some music! Come, the recorders! For if the King like not the comedy, why then, belike he likes it not perdy.

Come, some music! Guil: Good my lord, vouchsafe me a word with you. Ham: Sir, a whole history. Guil: The King, sir – Ham: Ay, sir, what of him? Guil: Is in his retirement marvellous distempered. Ham: With drink, sir? Guil: No, my lord, rather with choler Ham: Your wisdom should show itself more richer to signify this to his doctor; for, for me to put him to his purgation would perhaps plunge him into far more choler.Guil: Good my lord, put your discourse into some frame and start not so wildly from my affair. Ham: I am tame, sir: pronounce. Guil: The queen, your mother, in most great affliction of spirit, hath sent me to you. Ham: You are welcome.

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Guil: Nay, good my lord, this courtesy is not of the right breed. If it shall please you to make me a wholesome answer, I will do your mother’s commandment: if not, your pardon and my return shall be the end of my business. Ham: Sir, I cannot Guil: What, my lord? Ham: Make you a wholesome answer; my wit’s diseased: but, sir, such answer as I can make, you shall command; or, rather, as you say, my mother: therefore no more, but to the matter: my mother, you say,– Ros: Then thus she says; your behavior hath struck her into amazement and admiration.

Ham: O wonderful son, that can so astonish a mother! But is there no sequel at the heels of this mother’s admiration? Impart. Ros: She desires to speak with you in her closet, ere you go to bed. Ham: We shall obey, were she ten times our mother. Have you any further trade with us? Hamlet: Come the music. Come the flute players.If the king does not like the comedy, then it seems he does not like it!. Come some music! Guil: Good my lord, can I have a word with you.

Ham: Sir, a long story. Guil: The king sir Ham: Yes sir, what about him? Guil: He is in his room, and is very upset. Ham: Is he drunk? Guil: No my lord, with anger Ham: I thought you where smart enough to tell this to a doctor. For if I where to treat him, he would be angrier.Guil: Good my lord, do not become angry and stay on topic. Ham: I am calm, speak on.

Guil: The queen, your mom, who is very upset, has sent me to you. Ham: You are welcome. Guil: No my lord, your kindness is not of the good type.

If you give me an answer, I will do as your mom said. Or you can excuse me and I will leave. Ham: Sir, I cannot Guil: What are you saying.

Ham: Give you a reasonable answer? My brain is fried. But the reasonable answer you want I will go to you or rather to my mother.So, my mother you say- Ros: She says that your behavior amazes her. Ham: What kind of son can astonish his mom? What else does she say? Ros: She wants to talk before you go to bed.

Ham: I shall visit her, do u have any other business with me? Ros: My lord, you once did love me Ham: So I do still, by these pickers and stealers. Ros: Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? You do, surely, bar the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to your friend. Ham: Sir, I lack advancement.Ros: How can that be, when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark? Ham: Ay, but sir, ‘While the grass grows,’–the proverb is something musty.

O, the recorders! let me see one. To withdraw with you:–why do you go about to recover the wind of me, as if you would drive me into a toil? Guil: O, my lord, if my duty be too bold, my love is too unmannerly. Ham: I do not well understand that.

Will you play upon this pipe? Guil: My lord, I cannot. Ham: I pray you. Guil: Believe me, I cannot.Ham: I do beseech you.

Guil: I know no touch of it, my lord. Ham: ‘Tis as easy as lying: govern these ventages with your lingers and thumb, give it breath with your mouth, and it will discourse most eloquent music. Look you, these are the stops.

Guil: But these cannot I command to any utterance of harmony; I have not the skill. Ham: Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass: and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ; yet cannot you make it speak.’Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.

God bless you, sir! Pol: My lord, the queen would speak with you, and presently. Ham: Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel? Pol: By the mass, and ’tis like a camel, indeed. Ham: Methinks it is like a weasel. Ros: My lord, you did like me before.Ham: I still do and so do these hands. Ros: So what is wrong? You can not cure yourself if you do not tell your friends what is wrong. Ham: Sir, I lack advancement. Ros: How can you say you have no advancement, when the king of Denmark said that you will be the next King.

Ham: As the proverb says “While the grass grows the horse starves” — Recorder give me one of the flutes. Why do u recorders try to trap me so I cannot smell you out? Guil: Sir, if I am too forward it is because of my love. Ham: I do not understand. Do u want to play? Guil: My lord, I do not know how. Ham: I beg of you Guil: Trust me I can not Ham: I beg of you Guil: I do not know the positioning.Ham: It as easy as lying. Control the openings with your fingers and thumb and blow in the mouth.

You will produce the most beautiful music. Guil: I can not make it sound good, I have no skill at it. Ham: You think so little of me. You want to figure me out, you want to know what are all my secrets and what is wrong with me.You check me out from head to toe.

And you do it well. But you cannot play this flute? Call me whatever instrument you want but you can not play me. Pol: My lord the queen wants to talk to you Ham: Do u see the cloud that looks like a camel? Pol: It indeed looks like a camel Ham: I think it is like a weasel. Pol: It is backed like a weasel. Ham: Or like a whale? Pol: Very like a whale.Ham: Then I will come to my mother by and by.

They fool me to the top of my bent. I will come by and by. Pol: I will say so. Ham: By and by is easily said.Leave me, friends.

Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood, And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on. Soft! now to my mother. O heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom: Let me be cruel, not unnatural: I will speak daggers to her, but use none; My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites; How in my words so ever she be shent, To give them seals never, my soul, consent! Pol: It’s back is like that of a weasel Ham: Or like of a whale? Pol: Very like a camel Ham: I will come to vist my mom. They mock me as much as they can! Pol: I will say so.Ham: It is the middle of the night. It is when hell breathes out air to this world. I could drink hot blood.

And do such bad things that would cause me to shiver during the day. My heart should not lose all feelings.I have to be ruthless but humane. I will punish her threw words not actions. Shakespeare Essays.

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