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