Comparison of Shakespeare's Hamlet to Margaret Clarke's Gertrude and Ophelia

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William Shakespeare „Hamlet“ and Margaret Clarke „Gertrude and Ophelia“ – A Comparison 1 Overview Gertrude and Ophelia is a play written by Helen M. Buss, a female Canadian writer who is also Professor of English at the University of Calgary , under the pseudonym Margaret Clarke in 1993. It is based on the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the perspective of the two female characters in the play, Gertrude and Ophelia, while addressing many feminist topics. The play does not directly retell the story of Hamlet but rather explores the personalities of the two female characters while leaving out most of the key story points involving the other characters present in Shakespeare’s work. Hamlet itself is a tragedy written by Shakespeare and first performed on stage between 1600 and 1601 and first printed in 1603. It is Shakespeare’s longest and most influential play, having spawned many adaptions, including the here analyzed Gertrude and Ophelia by Margaret Clarke and many film versions of the play. The plot revolves around Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, who tries to find out who killed his father. The play has many sub-plots and many different interpretations of its content exist, making it perfect for adaption. On the following pages the adaption Gertrude and Ophelia will be compared to the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, which it is based on. 2 Characters The main character and protagonist in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is, naturally, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. His actions are the driving force behind the plot, as he tries to find out the truth behind his father’s death. Most of the plot revolves around his character. In Gertrude and Ophelia, on the other hand, his character is not even featured in a single scene. Another important character in Hamlet is Claudius, Prince Hamlet’s uncle who became King of Denmark after marrying late King Hamlet’s widow,

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