How Do The Plays Of Shakespeare Change When They Are Adapted For Screen?

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How do the plays of Shakespeare change when they are adapted for screen?

Michael Almereyda’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet transposes one of Shakespeare’s most notable tragedy in modern day Manhattan, setting the framework for a modern retelling of the story. The use of “ complex array of media technologies, genres and practices” introduces the over arching theme of entrapment and imprisonment in the capitalist society thatHamlet resides in, immersing the narrative in a world of brand names, video technology and cameras. As such, Michael Almereyda updates the play for modern society, the era of media technology and digital communication. Here, Denmark is a corporation, Hamlet a film student observing the world through his camera lenses and Claudius is not the new king but now the CEO of Denmark Corporations. Though Almereyda explores the modern society and questions the new ways of communicating as digital mediums evolve, it is his presentation of Hamlet that I find most captivating. In this production Michael Almereyda focuses primarily on the character of Hamlet, expanding on Hamlet’s personalty through a range of devices. In this essay, I will discuss how Almereyda shows Hamlet in a more scrutinising light, using Hamlet’s video diaries and his room as a means of bringing Hamlet’s character closer to the audience.

Other directors have previously have made choices to explore various other aspects on the original narrative of Shakespeare. In Franco…

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