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Shakespeare and Film Hamlet

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Leeon Graham Shakespeare and Film Hamlet

"Hamlet's story is essentially one revolving around the idea of the Oedipus complex - the son/mother relation is at heart of this drama".

"Hamlets story is essentially one revolving around the idea of the famous theory of the Oedipus Complex. The critical applications of the famous theory to the tragedy of 'Hamlet' are untold"(www.hamlet.com). Kenneth Branagh makes a wonderful attempt in capturing many film technique's which enhance the underlying heart of the movie which takes place between 'Hamlet and his mother.

'Hamlet' awakens his repressed incestuous and parricidal desires. The disgust which the remarriage of his mother arouses him, as well as the violent behaviour during their confrontation in the Queen's bedroom, are signs of the jealousy which he constantly experiences, even if he is unconscious. Hamlet is absolutely horrified by the thought that his mother could feel desire for Claudius, whom he describes as a 'Murderer an villain,/ A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe/ Of your precedent lord'.

"Such an act, that blurs the grace and blush of modesty, Calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the rose from the fair forehead of an innocent love and

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