Hamlet Analysis Viewing and Analysis a) In the in which Aphelia returns tokens of love from him (Hamlet), William Shakespeare portrays Hamlet as first as a normal man, but then as Aphelia returns his tokens of love, he seems to enter his “so-called” state of madness. Shakespeare seems to reflect him as a character that just suddenly hits madness when he is turned down by Aphelia, which is the reason that all the people in the kingdom seem to believe he is mad. Hamlet claims he will pretend be in a state of madness, but in this scene he simply for no reason that Shakespeare presents he goes mad. Shakespeare also does not explain Hamlets sudden outburst of madness. This madness of Hamlets suddenly arose when Aphelia said, “My honourd lord, I know right what you did; ..
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. There, my lord.” Now up until this line Hamlet acted in a very sane manner, but after she tells him this he seems to loose it. He replied, “Ha, ha! Are you honest?” Aphelia: “My lord?” Hamlet: “Are You Fair” Aphelia: “What means your lordship?” Hamlet: “That if you honest and fair, your honesty should admit no discourse to your beauty” In this line Hamlet seems to be telling Aphelia that her beauty is manipulating. In this scene Hamlet also goes on to ask about Polonius, and then yells out “Let all the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool nowhere but ins own house” While Hamlet is saying all this, what he does not know is that Polonius and the King are spying on Hamlet during this lashing out by Hamlet. Now seeing as how Shakespeare does not seem to tell us at all as to how Hamlet could know that the King was there, watching and listening. Since that Hamlet did not know that they were there, any viewer of this play would not understand Hamlets sudden madness and have reason to believe the his feigned madness drives him to actual madness. b) Zeffirelli portrays Hamlet a more then your average person.
He seems to display Hamlet as a highly intelligent, quick thinking person. He seems to emphasize Hamlets awareness over and over again. In the scene in which Aphelia returns tokens of love from him, Zeffirelli shows Hamlets awareness and intuitiveness. Now, in the scene when Aphelia says to Hamlet, “My honourd lord, I know right what you did; .. Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
There, my lord.” and returns his tokens, Hamlet turns away for a split second, and notices a shadow of a person in the top walking by. At that very moment Hamlet realizes that he is being watched and realizes its most probably the king. So at that very moment Hamlet turns around and goes back and says the following things: “Ha, ha! Are you honest?” Aphelia: “My lord?” Hamlet: “Are You Fair” Aphelia: “What means your lordship?” Hamlet: “That if you honest and fair, your honesty should admit no discourse to your beauty” In this scene Hamlet also goes on to ask about Polonius, and then yells out “Let all the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool nowhere but ins own house” While Hamlet is saying all this, what he does know that Polonius and the King are spying on him during this lashing out by towards Polonius. The whole reasoning behind Hamlets faking this state of madness is that he believes that the King is responsible for the death of his father. And so by saying things that have a double meaning during his “madness” maybe he will be able to get the King to show some guilt or even break him down until he finally confesses to the murder. Now with that sudden change in Hamlets behavior after spotting the shadow he goes into this madness state of his showing to people that he is faking this, only because he knows the ones whom he wants aware of his madness, are aware.
C) Zeffirellis actions in changing the scene can be justified. First off, the idea of making the shadow of Polonius visible was one which was a good one because it let everyone that was viewing the movie know that Hamlet had not really gone mad but was doing this because he realized he had to keep on playing this role. Secondly, when directors create a movie it is made so that audiences watch the movies, had he not put the Shadow in most people would have believed Hamlet had gone mad, and would not understand how at the end of the movie or in the next scenes be able to reveal all the truth to the people. Third, the shadow also added to how Zeffirelli kept on portraying Hamlet as an intelligent, aware and intuitive character that her was. Zeffirelli had also show this great awareness that Hamlet had when Polonius was talking to Aphelia about not seeing Hamlet and when he picked up as to what was going on. And a fourth reason is that Zeffirelli had to make this movie as entertaining as possible, because thats what all directors do.
They change the script, change the scenes, and just about anything else to make the movie entertaining.