Just before his soliloquy, Claudius witnessed Hamlet’s actors put on a play showing how the death of his father occurred. We see Claudius as well as his reaction to this. ‘Act 3 Scene 3’ is the extract of Hamlet, which I chose to convert from text into performance. I will portray the character “Claudius” whilst he is having a dilemma and conflict with himself. In this soliloquy, Claudius Since all of the 7 actors were male, and only 3 having done GCSE drama, we decided to be experimental.
At the beginning of Act 1 Scene 2, Shakespeare introduces us to Claudius, and through literary techniques and some clues in the narrative we learn a lot about Claudius’ character and his state of mind. Before this speech we know that Claudius is the brother of Hamlet’s father, the king, and two weeks after his death Claudius has married the queen, Gertrude and has taken the throne instead of Hamlet, which would be the usual order. Throughout this speech he conveys a great sence of dishonesty in his words and the way his speech is layed out. The tone of the speech is very relaxed, fluent and confident, but its careful structure indicates that the speech is well rehearsed. Which in turn indicates he knew what was going to happen.
Analyse Macbeth’s language in act 3 scene 2 in lines 45-56. Shakespeare’s use of language, to set the tone of the extract, changes from the start from a positive tone to a more erratic and calculated tone. Shakespeare uses a lot of imagery to convey Macbeth’s feelings and malevolent thoughts. At the start of passage Macbeth has a very content and positive tone when speaking to Lady Macbeth. ‘Dearest chuck’ has a polite tone which contrasts to the cunning tone later on.
William Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet has remained the same as its message transcends time, yet its representation has changed as English society has changed. The play Romeo & Juliet was written by William Shakespeare sometime in the early to mid 1590’s and broadcasts the message of forbidden love. As the prologue in original text says the story is about “A pair of star-cross’d lovers…” who in the end “..take their life”. The families of Montague and Capulet have been feuding for years as you come to find out in the beginning of the play. The story starts off with Romeo
Hamlet Film Review Many films today stem from novels, plays, or old cartoons. Innovation seems to be a thing of the past. Shakespeare's Hamlet is definitely a thing of the past, written around 1600. It has been put into film by various directors; some more efficient than others in displaying the emotions Shakespeare intended. The Zeffirelli version of Shakespeare's Hamlet is an example of a successful portrayal, creating emotions of discontent and passion for the audience.
April 15, 2013 OTHELLO Extra Credit Response According to Aristotle’s six elements of drama, Othello was the tragic hero whose weakness for having faith in those who he thinks tell the truth (Iago) allows him to be manipulated and blinded his jealousy that Iago created as an illusion. This downfall of his led to the death of Desdemona. Othello’s lack for evidence, such as proof of the handkerchief, allowed tragedy to occur in the play. Seeing the play Othello live rather than reading it from a book allowed me to understand the writing and meaning of Shakespeare. Watching Othello, I already knew the underlined themes and symbolism, etc.
Roderigo discloses his trust for Iago in the opening lines of the play. In addition, Iago tells several things about himself to Roderigo, including the fact that he trusts Roderigo with the knowledge that he serves Othello, only to further his intentions. However, I am sure that Shakespeare’s use of Iago as a confidante to Roderigo was not to show the same kind of friendship that Roderigo has for Iago, but to disclose his deceit - to use Roderigo. Iago summed this up himself, “I am not what I am”. (Act 1, Scene 1, line 65).
When Knox becomes obsessed with a certain girl named “Chris”—without actually meeting her—he ends up risking his life to win her heart. In both cases, characters assume individual authority for their choices and stop obeying traditional authority figures; they embark on a trip of self-discovery and individual growth that will have a lasting impact on their futures. One obvious example of existentialism is Neil Perry’s unfortunate suicide. When Neil Perry decides to pursue a career in the performing arts, rather than in medicine, his father, Mr. Perry, is furious. Unmoved by Neil’s extraordinary performance in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr. Perry continues to insist on controlling his son’s life and dictating his every move.
He did brilliantly in using the dialogue to portray what characters were feeling and thinking. Shakespeare also used dialogue allocated to other characters, such as Lady Macbeth, to portray Macbeth’s ambition further: “…It is too full o' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.” Lady Macbeth spoke these lines, talking about her husband, however she was another character who could not look
Andrew Wolff IB English Mrs. Singer Act 3 Commentary Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act 3, the “To Be or Not To Be,” portrays Hamlet as a very confused man. He is very unsure of himself and his thoughts often shift between two extremes. In the monologue, he contemplates whether or not he should continue to live, or if he should end his own life. Also, he considers seeking revenge for his father’s death. However, unlike Hamlet’s first two major soliloquies, this one seems to be governed by reason and not frenzied emotion.