Audience To This Act In David Tennant´S Hamlet

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Everyone knows the story of Hamlet: Hamlet’s father is killed, Hamlet’s mother marries the evil Uncle, everyone thinks Hamlet has gone mad, and almost everyone dies at the end. In David Tennant’s version of Hamlet, the use of the characters’ physical antics, interactions with each other, the stark similarities between the characters, and the way they dress, changes how the audience interprets each character’s actions and contribution to the play as a whole, which then determines how successful this version of Hamlet is.
The physical antics displayed by Hamlet and Ophelia are seen throughout the play, which portray these characters as childlike and emotionally unstable. The antics displayed by Hamlet give us a better view of his true character, which is feeble, unpredictable, and insane. He jumps around as if he were a small child trying to get their mother’s attention. His wild antics in front of the court show us how fleeting his thoughts are, and it pays tribute to the fact that he has lost his sanity. Hamlet’s antics also include physical contact or nearness, and that behavior is usually shown when he is mad about something, an example being when he discovers that he has been spied on by Polonius and Claudius, and puts himself in Ophelia’s personal space (Act 3, scene i). Hamlet’s disregard for personal space was very apparent when he was called to his mother’s chamber after the play-within-a-play (Act 3, scene iv) in which he gets mad at his mother, about her marrying his Uncle, who does not fully understand why Hamlet has such a vendetta against Claudius. Ophelia also showed a tendency to have physical antics, which took place in the scene right before her death when she sang a song for Gertrude and Claudius, and started running around the room and throwing flowers at them (Act 4, scene vii).
Not only did Hamlet and Ophelia display antics that made them seem childish, they also showed a tendency for those antics to be very violent. After Hamlet’s “To Be or Not to Be” soliloquy, Hamlet was very violent towards Ophelia when he told her that he never wrote her love notes, never truly loved her, and that she should get herself to a nunnery (Act 3, scene i). In this fit of rage, Hamlet threw himself at Ophelia multiple times, spun her around, and made her fall down a couple of times because she lost her balance. Another violent scene was when Hamlet was in his mother’s chamber after the play-within-a-play in Act 3, scene iv. Hamlet cornered his mother against her vanity, and when she tried to get up, he grabbed her shoulders and shook her back and forth like he was trying to shake some sense into her. He also threw her down on the bed when he was explaining why Claudius was evil. Ophelia’s violence was manifested when she sang about her sadness regarding her father’s death, and ran around the room while doing so, in front of Claudius and Gertrude (Act 4, scene v). Ophelia also made violent gestures towards Claudius in which she slammed her hands...

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