Hamlet Fencing Scene Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… That is exactly what the director gave viewers of Hamlet. During the fencing scene Hamlet and Laertes were very dramatic. They made big movements and moved all about the castle. This scene in the play was written as if it was a small fencing match in a courtyard not in a huge castle with many spectators. Since this scene was very dramatic it made the viewer want to know what was going to happen next and there were many more exciting things to come. For one when Gertrude drank the poison it was a slow death but in the play all Gertrude said was, “No, no! The drink, the drink!-O my dear Hamlet!-The drink, the drink! I am poisoned.” and the she died. (pg.140) Hamlet, Laertes, and Claudius died a slow death in the movie as well. Hamlet first kills Laertes by cutting him with the poisoned sword. It stops there in the play but in the movie Hamlet then pushes Laertes over the banister. This shows how much Hamlet hated Laertes for trying to kill him and siding with Claudius. The way that Laertes died in the play is more tragic though because Laertes died only because of the poison. This is tragic because Laertes basically killed himself. If he had not plotted against Hamlet he would have still been alive. In the movie and the play Claudius got what he deserved but the movie expanded on his death to show that Hamlet was no joke and that even though it took him ages to get revenge he finally did. Hamlet threw the sword straight through Claudius’ chest and pinned him to the throne. He then proceeds to push a chandelier on the Claudius. In the play that Hamlet made Claudius drink the poison after he stabbed him. The play made it seem as if he was simply going to hand it to him but in the movie he forces it down his throat. The director choosing to make the scene this way it kept the viewers’ attention but since all of the characters that died in the fencing scene died dramatically it takes the …show more content…
Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” The play of Hamlet shows true tragedy because it has a depth of emotion. There is love, hate, sadness, etc. The events that happen are shown in a way that moves readers. Characters are shown as being affected in a negative way. This is true for the movie as well but the affect that the characters have in the play have a deeper meaning. The play shows how hurtful people can be and how that harms innocent people. The more depressed a character is the more tragic because depression is something that readers can relate to. Even if a person isn’t clinically depressed everybody has had that low in their life that brought them down. Whether it was when they were five and their pet fish died or when they were fifty and their mother died people have had tragedies happen to them. The movie took the issue of death and emphasized the hatred that went along with it. Kenneth chose to have the characters be over the top, aggressive, and crazy. This is something that probably never happens that much in real life. Going back to the quote, a small pain can cause a big tragedy but when that pain is over dramatized it just becomes

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