Hamlet Vs Hamlet

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As society evolves, entertainment evolves to maximize connections with the current audience. One play which has withstood the test of time is William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and a modern interpretation can be seen in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of the play. One scene that emphasizes the modernization of the play is Hamlet Jr.’s to be or not to be soliloquy, found in act III, scene 1, lines 57-91, where Hamlet Jr. contemplates suicide and considers the implications of death. Though the original Elizabethan version of the play considers social, cultural, and economic aspects to appeal to the audience of the time, adjustments are made for the modern version to maintain its appeal to a modern audience. To create the most compelling plays, Shakespeare incorporates elements that the Elizabethan audience would relate to or connect to. Shakespeare employs elements of Elizabethan life and cultural references to cater towards every socioeconomic class. By using costumes that correspond to the respective Elizabethan social classes of the characters, Shakespeare creates stronger connections with his audience. In the Elizabethan era, there were laws concerning which clothes people were allowed to wear based on their rank (“Elizabethan Costume”). However, actors were permitted to wear the clothes designated for nobility, which adds authenticity to Hamlet while making it more compelling, as seeing commoners in upper class clothing was an uncommon sight (“Elizabethan Costume”).

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