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In the 1996 Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet, how is Claudius's charater displayed?

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Posted May 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM via web

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In the 1996 Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet, how is Claudius's charater displayed?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM (Answer #1)

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Kenneth Branagh's version of Hamlet stays true to the character development of the play for the most part. Branagh does a good job taking the indirect characterization of the play and giving it visual representation. Claudius is depicted as a corrupt leader on the surface, but a conflicted man inwardly. The audience can see that Claudius suffers both from guilt and fear from his actions, but is too invested to turn back. This version also does a good job showing Claudius as a jealous younger brother, coveting King Hamlet's power and personal success. Little cut-aways, such as Claudius playing games in the hallway with Gertrude, which are not written into the play add to this characterization. 

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