I need to write a paper about the imagery in a movie of Hamlet. Which movie do you advise me to work on?Please help me to pick the imagery in such a movie .. I Really Need Help :( It's a 5 pages...

I need to write a paper about the imagery in a movie of Hamlet. Which movie do you advise me to work on?

Please help me to pick the imagery in such a movie .. I Really Need Help :( It's a 5 pages essay. HELP!
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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I think you could do some really interesting analysis of the imagery of the old, Academy Award winning version of the movie starring Lawrence Olivier. He is such a master of Shakespeare and he starred in and directed this movie, so many of the choices are so meticulously thought out. A couple of examples that immediately come to mind for me:

1. When Hamlet is hearing about the ghost for the first time and he is later following the ghost to a remote part of the caste, there are several shots of the swirling rough water just below the castle. There are also shots of the back of Hamlet's head. Considered together, the chaos of the sea and the chaos of Hamlet's emotions and thoughts are reinforced through the visual imagery.

2. Immediately after the first court scene when Hamlet delivers the first major soliloquy, "Oh that this too too sullied flesh," there is excellent camera work and action by Hamlet to represent the king and queen. Hamlet is continually talking to their empty thrones and standing around them, leaning on them, and turning his back on them. The imagery represents his feelings about these two people.

If you watch the movie looking for the ways in which the director is using the visual and audiotory imagery to reinforce the actual language, you should have a great paper.

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Find five different scenes and analyze the choices the director makes. Here are some examples in Branagh's version. I would definitely look at the ghost's conversation with Hamlet. There is a lot of suggestion of the supernatural and hell in that scene. It is a very scary ghost. The grandness of the room during the first court scene and the eerie emptiness when everyone but Hamlet leaves is very powerful. I would also look at Ophelia's madness. In this movie, Ophelia is in a padded room and confined to a straight jacket which is shocking all by itself, but also interesting in that Hamlet is supposedly "mad" and they don't treat him that way. I would also consider the entire ending of the movie. The imagery of the dying Laertes on one side of the room and Gertrude on the other while Hamlet is above them and switching from side to side as the truths are revealed is clever. And the most interesting choice of imagery in this movie is the final scene of Fortinbras's men toppling a statue of King Hamlet to signify how Fortinbras has conquered the Danes and is destroying the Danish royal line forever.

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Thank YOu sooooooooooo MUCH! :) I Finally, wrote my essay :)

 

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marinasamy93 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Thaaaank You sooooo Muchh :) But What About The One of 1996 .. The One of Kenneth Branagh .. It is a good movie, but i need your opinion :) I am really thankful for your amazingg answer :) I just need one more thing ,, if you can expand more on the imagery ,, still i don't get how can i write a 5 pages on imagery? just tell me what points should i focus on while writing that paper..

Thank you sooo much i really appreciate it :)

 

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I need to write a paper about the imagery in a movie of "Hamlet". Which movie do you advise me to work on?

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