Kenneth Branagh's Mirror

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In Kenneth Branaugh’s version of act 3: scene 1, Hamlet is seen standing in front of a mirror. In this portrayal, the mirror represents an appearance of a false reality as it acts as a distorted depiction of something that is not actually real. Throughout the scene, the only visual image that the audience is allowed of Hamlet is that of the illustration of his reflection in the mirror. Hamlet is aware that Claudius is spying on him, and takes this into account throughout the progression of the soliloquy. This image that is depicted of Hamlet represents an act that he is portraying to hoax everyone into believing a false appearance. He is trying to convey that he is driven by his uncertainty, but in reality, the audience is able to understand

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