Audience to This Act in David Tennant´s Hamlet

1244 WordsJun 21, 20185 Pages
Everyone knows the story of Hamlet: Hamlet’s father is killed, Hamlet’s mother marries the evil Uncle, everyone thinks Hamlet has gone mad, and almost everyone dies at the end. In David Tennant’s version of Hamlet, the use of the characters’ physical antics, interactions with each other, the stark similarities between the characters, and the way they dress, changes how the audience interprets each character’s actions and contribution to the play as a whole, which then determines how successful this version of Hamlet is. The physical antics displayed by Hamlet and Ophelia are seen throughout the play, which portray these characters as childlike and emotionally unstable. The antics displayed by Hamlet give us a better view of his true…show more content…
Based off of these changes that we see in Hamlet, we can assume that besides how he acts, the way he dresses also gives us a clue as to what is going on inside his head. We meet Ophelia, who is also nicely dressed, with her hair coiffed, her shirt has no wrinkles in it, and she seems like she has her wits about her (Act 1, scene iii). Her brother Laertes is warning her of Hamlet, to be aware that what he says may not be the entire truth. Ophelia also changes in her way of dressing, which was most prevalent when she sang about her father’s death and how much she missed him (Act 4, scene v), but during the song, she started undressing herself in front of Claudius and Gertrude, and her hair was messed up, which was not normal for Ophelia. Based off of the change we see in Ophelia’s way of dressing, we can assume that her father’s death really damaged her composure and peace of mind, like Hamlet and his learning of the cause for his father’s death. Ophelia’s role in Hamlet is a very tragic one, because in all honesty, she was one of the most innocent characters of them all. She loved her father dearly, but he was taken away from her by complete accident. As Ophelia’s story progressed, her composure slowly started slipping away from her when she sang to Gertrude and Claudius about her father’s death and starts taking off her clothes (Act 4, scene v). When

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