The Nunnery Scene Analysis

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Hamlet’s Scene Comparison due to his Madness Hamlet feigns madness due to the knowledge of being watched which is portrayed by all three directors of Bennett, Branagh and Zeffirelli as they utilize various differences in the line delivery, action, and settings in the “The Nunnery Scene” of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In Bennett’s, Branagh, and Zeffirelli’s films, the line delivery are contrasted in each version. In Bennett’s version of “The Nunnery Scene”, Hamlets line delivery in his “To be or not to be” soliloquy does not appear that he is contemplating suicide, he is calmer than he is crazy. In comparison to Branagh’s version, Hamlet whispers his soliloquy rather than showing his madness. To contrast both Bennett and Branagh, Zeffirelli illustrates…show more content…
The directors all portray Hamlet’s madness through the actor’s actions in the film. In Bennett’s film Hamlet is portrayed as violent towards Ophelia as he snatches the scarf from her and wraps it around her neck; almost like choking her. Branagh similarly depicts Hamlet as a violent person towards Ophelia in ways such as throwing Ophelia around, throwing her against the mirror and smushing her face against the glass. In Zeffirelli’s film, Hamlet grabs Ophelia’s face in an aggressive way and yells, “God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another” (III, I, 142-143). Each of these films portrays Hamlet’s madness when he realizes that he is being watched by violently acting up towards Ophelia. The settings and background in each film also reveals Hamlet’s feigning madness from the awareness of being watched. Bennett’s film version was played in the era of the 13th and 14th century, this was filmed in an enclosed room with various entranceways and as Hamlet asks Ophelia where her father is he begins to open all the doors to check. In Branagh’s version it was played in the 1800’s and was filmed in a very elegant room with contrasting black and white floors, mirrors placed
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