Within the classic Shakespeare play of Hamlet, many overarching themes can be found. However, when one looks more closely, they can see that the idea of revenge has huge impacts on the plot. When watching the movie adaptations, one directed by Franco Zeffirelli in 1990 and the other by Kenneth Branagh in 1996, some discrepancies can be seen throughout the story. The way the directors depicted certains scenes has changed the way the views see the ideal of revenge. By analyzing the depictions of Hamlet’s personality throughout all three versions of Hamlet, the audience realizes the importances of revenge in the plot.
A Deeper Analysis on Character Foils of Hamlet in Hamlet Character foils often allow the reader to better understand a protagonist’s personality and desires. In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Horatio, Claudius, and Laertes are exemplar character foils for the protagonist, Hamlet, and under further examination, the play suggests that these character foils help the reader to really resonate with Hamlet and depict the contrasts and similarities between Hamlet and other characters in the play. These character foils are important and significant in highlighting another character’s flaws and traits in which they may not have, compared to another character in the play. To begin with, Horatio plays a huge role in being the character foil for Hamlet. Although Hamlet and Horatio have a really close relationship, they do contrast from each other but have some similarities as well.
This enables the readers to a clearer understanding of Lady Macbeth’s view on Macbeth as a weak character. It engages the reader because through the use of metaphor, the readers gain a clear insight of Macbeth’s character through the view of Lady Macbeth, leading the readers to want to know more about the character of Macbeth. The literary device of metaphor creates clarity within the play, however, the use of dramatic irony creates suspense, which makes the readers more engaged. On the other hand, Shakespeare uses dramatic irony when Duncan describes Macbeth’s castle, which engages the reader. Duncan approaches Macbeth’s castle and thinks it has “a pleasant seat; the air / Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself / Unto our gentle senses” (I.VI.1-3).
Oxymorons and juxtaposition help audiences understand how two individuals with opposite traits can join together to become related and work together perfectly. In William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses oxymorons to emphasize the transformation of different characters. Oxymorons also help readers think about a character's situation and bring attention to the ideas being shared. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare sends across the message that nobody is simple. This creates indirect characterization when he uses complex juxtaposition to describe Romeo and Juliet's complex love.
Blood imagery is also used to create a picture of blood that is hidden with guilt that the character is feeling. The next literary device that is used is diction and is used in the dagger soliloquy, to show us that Macbeth is stuck in between the temptation of being king and his guilt for murdering Duncan. Diction is used again in Macbeth and his lady's conversation after killing Duncan. Malcolm's last speech also includes diction to end the play with a sense of a good feeling for the audience. The significance of these two literary devices has a big impact on the play with suspense, action, and danger.
One of the hallmarks of a classic work of literature is the skillful use of minor characters. Minor characters can be used to subtly influence how the reader sees the work in question, they can be used to parallel or contrast the more central characters in the play. Minor characters are often used to give a work of fiction a flavor of reality in that they can represent how seemingly inconsequential interactions shape the methods real people employ when dealing with life. An author can use minor characters as fine tools to highlight the main characters of the story, thus endowing them with greater force. One such character is Prince Fortinbras from Hamlet.
"People are always searching for ways to better themselves. It is said that those who read fiction tend to be more understanding, empathizing, and open minded. Humans are naturally flawed but reading seems to improve people. One natural, unavoidable characteristic of humans is judgment. People have an initial instinct to judge those whom they have just met.
Hamlet, a play written by William Shakespeare, dives into the transformations and developments of many characters. One character that is easily seen in the play is the transformation of Ophelia. The character of Ophelia changes drastically throughout the play from an obedient lover to an insane woman that ultimately drowns herself. Ophelia’s transformation is one that is caused by uncertainty and a love for someone who pretends to not love her back. Ophelia’s doubts of Hamlet’s love are planted when she is conversing with her brother, Laertes, and her father, Polonius.
After a timely shot of Hamlet doing his soliloquy, the atmosphere of the scene shifts from a slow, dark, drawn out speech, to a conversation with Ophelia. Branagh keeps the audience's attention by switching to a different mood while still being in the same scene. What, at the start of the scene, was once an empathetic feeling for Hamlet turned into a frighted fear for his well-being, captured perfectly in the
In Act 3, scene 1, Claudius tells Gertrude, “...leave us too / For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither, / That he, as ‘twere by accident, may here / Affront Ophelia” (Shakespeare 136). Claudius is aware of the fact that Hamlet has been sending Ophelia love letters, and that Ophelia only told Polonius about the letters “in obedience” (Shakespeare 94). Claudius willingly participates in a situation where two young people, who are struggling with their emotions for each other, will purposefully run into one another. Claudius does not care for how this interaction will affect Ophelia’s naive and sensitive emotions. He only uses her so that he can gain the information he so badly craves and needs from Hamlet.