Polonius Play Analysis

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heart. He is not played as the villain and his death actually inspires a sense of loss in the movie that was simply a momentary plot structure in the play. Polonius seems to get so wrapped up in the adventure of what is going on and the game of manipulation that when he ends up dead, it is as shocking to him as the viewer (Keahmann). Despite this positive on behalf of the movie version, it does more harm than good to the overall state of the work. The change in emotional dynamics leaves the character of Ophelia to be portrayed in a manner that detracts. Ophelia is a character mistreated by the movie version. The lack of female characters in the play makes the two there are more important. The queen is basically a mindless twit that seems …show more content…
In the play she is portrayed as “crazy” in a happy or simple sort of way. She is singing, rhyming, and making very morbid comments of the inappropriate manner (Shakespeare 26). In the movie, the sweet and simple madness is portrayed as an angry spiral into a demented state. Instead of a sudden loss of sanity, she is angry and tortured. It deters from the humor of the play and changes the tone significantly from entertainment flavored and leaves the bitter taste of tragedy …show more content…
She represents naivety and childlike innocence (Epstein 335). She even asks Polonius, “I don’t know, Lord, what should I think?” She is figuratively an open, blank book (Epstein 336). Within the movie version, she is portrayed by Julia Stiles in a worldly sarcastic manner that leaves the viewer a sense that she is making a choice—not being led naively into harm’s way as Shakespeare seems to intend. Instead of a young maiden in her teens, we see a young woman out of college. The sweetness and lightness of the character is gone. Even the effort to bring her back to a younger more innocent appearance by having her ride her bicycle through the city streets crying, does little to bring her back to that view (Hamlet 2003). This very much does not keep in the light of the play. She seems to represent hope for good things in life and resolution. When she loses her mind, Polonius asks “Is’t possible that a young maid’s wit should be as mortal as an old man’s life?” He recognizes that her mental wellness has literally died and the hopes of life getting better with

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