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Life of Hamlet's Labyrinth

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eileen mccammon

on 28 May 2014

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Transcript of Life of Hamlet's Labyrinth

pan's labyrinth
life of pi
Different kinds of truth
parallel stories
coping through escape
reveals character
The story
that Ofelia immerses
herself in reveals to the
viewer that she is a strong, courageous girl with the desire to escape her life with the captain
and the determination
to believe in that
Ofelia escapes to the magical world depicted in her book in order to avoid the unpleasant reality of her new home with the captain. She assumes the identity of the princess in the story to give herself a more powerful sense of self and perhaps even to gain courage in order to face the captain. The 'story' provides distraction from the disappointment and fear Ofelia feels towards her new home, and it also gives her the strength to make difficult decisions.
Pi creates an alternate version of his own personal experience. He depicts the people on the lifeboat with him as animals and even goes so far as to split his own persona into two beings: Pi and Richard Parker. Pi does this as a coping mechanism in order to deal with a horrific ordeal he has gone through while lost at sea. He also does this to accept the dark and fightening reality of human nature when struggling to survive.
In Big Fish, the viewer learns that there are different kinds of truth. Although Edward Bloom changes details of his life's story to make them more interesting, he maintains an emotional truth. In some ways, the exaggerations reveal a more real and true character of Edward Bloom, than the factual details.
In Pan's Labyrinth, there is the truth of the real world and the truth of Ofelia's magical world. The viewer's understanding of Ofelia's character and reality relies on our acceptance that both worlds hold information crucial to Ofelia's survival. The intertwining of these truths become central to the plot.
In Life of Pi, the reader learns that Pi has created two versions of his personal account at sea. Although roles and characters vary, the events remain basically the same. Readers learn that it is the deeper truth revealed in both stories that is most valuable. By understanding this, the reader better understands Pi's character, journey and emotional coping mechanisms.
As Life of Pi draws to
a close, the reader must
choose which story to
believe. The two tales have
followed the same plot, allowing
for numerous parallel experiences
between the human and animal
stories. It is clear that Yann Martel
has constructed therse parallels
to explore Pi's phsychological
and emotional coping
Pan's Labyrinth
made use of multiple
parallel stories in order to
enhance the connection
between the magical and real
world. The first parallel was the
key taken from the toad-
represening the captain, and
the key to the storage room
Mercedes took to give to
the rebels.
The second
parallel is the pale
monster's feast. A similar
indulgent table is set at the
captain's when he hosts a dinner
party. When Ofelia takes some
food from the table, there is a
grave consequence, similar
to the consequences the
rebels encounter when
they try to steal from
One more
parallel in Pan's
Labyrinth is the relationships.
There is the brother/sister
parallel of Mercedes and Pedro
and of Ofelia and her baby
brother. Also, the royal family
that awaits Ofelia in her magical
kingdom and her real family.
These similarities strengthen
our belief in Ofelia's
The Mousetrap
reveals the true
character of Claudius to
Hamlet, which then advances the plot as Hamlet uses this information to confirm his suspicions and motivates him to move forward
with his revenge.
Parallel stories
are used in Hamlet
through the play, The Mousetrap, within the play. Hamlet's decision about whether to pursue revenge against his uncle depends on Claudius's reaction to the plot of the play and this
advances the plot.
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