Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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To Be, Either/Or Not To Be “Do it or do not do it – you will regret both” (Kierkegaard 72) is a quote that echoes and expounds upon the famous “To be, or not to be” (Hamlet 3.1.56). The former quote was written by none other than Danish philosopher and poet, Søren Kierkegaard. Born in 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was well acquainted with Shakespeare’s text and often referred to it in his writings. When watching Kenneth Branagh’s unique, unabridged adaptation of Hamlet, it is apparent that Kenneth Branagh was able to capture how similar his Hamlet and Søren are in character while making his mark in cinematography history. The connection between Branagh, Shakespeare, and Kierkegaard goes beyond the setting and 19th century architecture of Branagh’s recreation of Hamlet. Through both Søren and Kenneth’s backstory, choice of esthetics, and their actions in life changing moments the story of Hamlet has proven to be a guide for both of these extraordinary men. The story of Hamlet: a Danish prince’s beloved father dies and within two months, his mother marries his uncle, which is considered incestuous and horrendous. While the rest of the courts celebrates, as Kenneth Branagh chooses to emphasis by having white flower petals rain down from the ceiling like confetti, the grieving Hamlet has no say in it. “It is not nor it cannot come to good: But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue” (Hamlet 1.2.158-9). In Kierkeggard’s review of Shakespeare’ Hamlet, he notes that Hamlet suffers
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