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Hamlet Act 3 Scene 3

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Transcript of Hamlet Act 3 Scene 3

Revenge
Revenge is an evident theme in the scene due to Hamlet's behavior. Hamlet's decision to not kill King Claudius reveals Hamlet's desire to inflict the worst possible pain to his uncle.Therefore, Hamlet is portray as a villain because despite Claudius’ repentance Hamlet is unforgiving. Although the death of his father is a tragedy and the reader would predictably feel sympathy for his difficulty in adapting to the new reality, Hamlet's revenge is not justified with the task his father's ghost has gave.

In the video, Hamlet was dressed in black not to symbolize grief but to highlight his evil plan. We wanted to emphasize Claudius’s genuine regret with the color white revealing his purity. Despite Hamlet's view of Claudius' appearance, Hamlet reveals his lack of mercy when he says "Now might I do it".



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Scene Analysis: Tone
In this scene, Claudius’ tone is remorseful and guilty. He is scared that if the truth about the late king’s death, he will be killed by Hamlet, since he saw how Hamlet was affected by the death of his father. Because of this, he asks for forgiveness and protection for him when the truth is found out. Hamlet, on the other hand, has tone is hateful and bitter since he can’t kill Claudius because he is scared that if he kills Claudius when he is praying, the person that is going to heaven will be Claudius, not Hamlet.
Important Quotes
“A villain kills my father, and, for that,I, his sole son, do this same villain send .../Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven,/And that his soul may be as damned and black/As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays/ This physic but prolongs thy sickly days.”
This is when Hamlet contemplates what he should do. It highlights the theme that is presented in the video and the extent in which Hamlet is the villain in this scene. Hamlet wishes to avenge his father in the most cruel way possible where Claudius suffers to most.He wants to kill Claudius in a time when Claudius has sinned or is doing something bad.
Soundtrack
Themes
Passion
Another theme in this scene is passion because of the undeniable hatred Hamlet feels toward Claudius. His passion differs because he does not act on impulse. Rather, his passion is responsible for the insanity he wants to portray to carry out his plan to kill Claudius
Mood

The scene with Claudius reflects a somber mood. Claudius tries to redeem himself by asking for forgiveness and tries to purge his sins. Despite being unable to do so, his attempt portrays a sense of guilt for his crimes. The overbearing guilt has just has just been a debilitating weight on his back. When it comes to Hamlet, the mood gets tense and climactic. Hamlet is out for pure revenge and for that, he wishes to kill the individual who slew his father. He is about to kill Claudius when he realizes that it would have been a favor for him. Instead the mood transitions into something more sinister where Hamlet decides to wait for the worst fate for Claudius
Themes
Sanity, or the loss thereof
Important Quotes
"No."
This quote is representative of the entire scene in the inherent ambiguity of its interpretation. Hamlet's abrupt refusal to murder Claudius could be displayed as a show of mercy. However, his refusal was not merciful and was rather a premeditated decision. The role this phrase plays in the scene (as a turning point) is also a symbol for the role the scene plays in the work as a whole; a scene which ultimately seems to cement Hamlet's role as the villain within the play.
Within the context of the play, Hamlet begins this scene in his present state of uncertainty, which limits him taking any action against Claudius. After the events of this scene, however, it becomes evident that a force other than uncertainty is preying upon Hamlet. His decision to hold off on his act of revenge is no longer brought about by uncertainty, but by pure hatred for Claudius and a desire to see him not only physically, but spiritually murdered.
Within the video, Hamlet's descent into madness is shown through his actions. He becomes more violent once he listens to Claudius' prayer as opposed to before listening in. The paramount display of his insanity is demonstrated in his use of the chess board, indicating how although there is a "method to his madness", it is madness nonetheless which drives him forward.
'Snow' : Claudius wants to rid of his sins and become a clean man again; purity
Black :In the context of Claudius, it symbolizes his misfortunes; in the context of Hamlet, it symbolizes the sins that Claudius can never wash off
Gun : Hamlet becomes increasingly irresponsible with his weapon; disregard for human life
Snake : Snake viewed through a Biblical interpretation, symbolizes Claudius' temptation and fall from grace
Chess Board : Hamlet's methodical yet reckless approach to conceiving his revenge
Hamlet's Black Outfit : Hamlet's fall from grace
Claudius's White Outfit : Sincerity of Claudius' regret, intent to make amends with himself
Red Bandana : Blood which Hamlet is willing to spill as a means of obtaining revenge
"Hurt" (Johnny Cash Cover)
Representative of Claudius; exhaustion, self-awareness
"Hallelujah" (Rufus Wainwright)
Futility of Claudius' actions, including prayer
"Halloween", "Jaws" Theme Songs
Impending danger, suspense
Association with audience
In the video, we displayed Hamlet's passion through his action to pull out his gun when he discovers his uncle is culpable of his father's death. When Hamlet contemplates on whether he should kill Claudius, he knocks off a chess piece with Claudius's face.
Video's Intentions
Mosaic : The truth that Claudius wants to hide from everyone in the play, used as an alternative for fog

Hamlet : Constant movements and lack of focus in his eyes indicate madness

Claudius' lack of movement: Claudius rarely moves while Hamlet is constantly moving , reinforcing the notion that Hamlet is the predator to Claudius' prey.

Ranch : Common setting/theme for soap operas, an individual is usurped from their power by another.
In the video, we chose to implement a fade to black and abrupt return as a sort of cliffhanger, which is usually used to denote a climax or turning point. Hamlet's willing withdrawal of his weapon also indicates how the mention of this word is a turning point in the relationship between the two, which quickly begins to deteriorate.
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Catharsis:
The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
Claudius' prayer is a prime example; serves to ease pent-up emotions. Source of spiritual strength, which deters Hamlet.
Series:
A number of things, events, or people of a similar kind or related nature coming one after another.
Hamlet explains his plans through a series to indicate how methodical he is. This highlights how Claudius' murder will be a premeditated one.
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