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Transcript of Hamlet Soundtrack
Yesterday By: The Beatles
In Act 1,Scene 2 Hamlet, Claudius and Gertrude have a conversation regarding the death of Hamlets father, King Hamlet. Claudius and Gertrude basically tell him to move on from his fathers recent death and accept the sudden marriage. After their conversation Hamlet starts to speak to himself about how he wishes he were dead and how angry he is about his mothers decision to marry his fathers brother. In the song "Yesterday" By The Beatles they say "Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay". Yesterday, referring to his past where he was content and at ease with himself and "now it looks as though they're here to stay" referring to his troubles being his fathers death and his mothers recent marriage with Claudius, King Hamlets brother.
Crazy in Love By: Beyonce feat. Jay Z
In Act 2, Hamlet’s state of madness starts to become more noticeable. I would play this song during Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 75-119 when Ophelia and her father Polonius discuss how Hamlet is “crazy in love”. The message of this song speaks to Polonius’s comment to Ophelia when he says “This is the very ecstasy of love, Whose violent property fordoes itself.” (2.1 Lines 102, 103) Polonius is saying that Hamlet is crazy with love for Ophelia, even more so since she has distanced herself from Hamlet on her father's orders. In the song “Crazy in Love” the lyrics “Crazy and deranged, they can't figure them out they like hey is he insane.” can relate to the way Polonius and Ophelia view Hamlet’s behavior at this point in the play.
Unwell By: Matchbox 20
I would choose this song to play during Act 2 Scene 2 Lines 360 - 365 while Hamlet is talking with Guildenstern and Rosencrantz. He tells them that he is only crazy sometimes “I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.” (2.2 Lines 364 and 364). The song “Unwell” relates to Hamlet’s own opinion of his emotional state because the lyrics say “I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell, I know right now you can't tell.” The other characters in the play only see Hamlet behaving crazy and don’t get to witness his more sane moments.
You Raise Me Up By: Josh Groban
I would play this song just after Act 1 Scene 5 Lines 92-111 after the ghost of King Hamlet appears and tells Hamlet how he was murdered by his own brother. During the soliloquy where Hamlet talks about his father being in heaven he says “So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word.” (1.5 Line 110,) meaning that Hamlet will stick to his vow to get revenge on his Uncle Claudius for murdering his father. His father’s encouragement gives Hamlet the strength he needs to do this and correlates with the lyrics, “I am strong when I am on your shoulders. You raise me up to more than I can be” from this song.
Thriller By: Michael Jackson
In the opening scene of “Hamlet” the atmosphere is filled with a heavy and ominous darkness as Horatio, Marcellus, and Bernardo see a ghost that looks exactly like the dead King Hamlet. The sight is both frightening and fascinating to them. I would play this song during Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 40-174, as it relates to what the men are experiencing at this moment. This song also conveys Horatio’s feelings when he says “It harrows me with fear and wonder.” (1.1 Line 44) Some key lyrics in the song “Thriller” that relate to this scene are “It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark. Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart.” This describes the point in the play where the men are meeting outside the castle in the middle of the night and spotted the apparition.
During their conversation in Act 3 Scene 1, Hamlet tells Ophelia that he never loved her. I would play the song “Haunted” after the scene in which Ophelia says to herself “Oh, what a noble mind here o’erthrown!” (3.1 Line 153) which means she now realises that Hamlet’s once noble mind has now disappeared into madness. This song represents Ophelia’s own realizations about Hamlet at this point in the play. The lyrics “Something's gone terribly wrong. You're all I wanted.” correspond to Ophelia’s thoughts about Hamlet as she knows something has gone very wrong in order for Hamlet to have lost his noble mind.
Paranoid By: The Jonas Brothers
During Act 3 the royal family is watching a play put on by a troupe of professional actors but what they don’t realise is that it was actually written by Hamlet. Claudius becomes increasingly paranoid as he realises the play is telling the exact story of how he murdered his brother in real life. I would play the song “Paranoid” during Act 3 Scene 2 Lines 269-274 when Claudius stands up and says “Give me some light, away!” (3.2 Line 273) The lyrics “Stuck in a room of staring faces. Caught in a nightmare, can't wake up.” parallels how Claudius is feeling as he watches the play and realises there is no way out of his own nightmare, “O wretched state! O bosom black as death! O limed south that, struggling to be free (3.2 Line 68 & 69)”.
Hit the Road Jack By:
In Act 4, during a conversation with his mother, Hamlet realizes that someone is hiding behind a curtain listening to them. Hamlet stabs his sword through the curtain thinking it is Claudius but then realizes his has killed Polonius instead. Gertrude and Claudius are so distraught and frightened by Hamlet’s actions that they decide to send him to England. I would play this song during Act 4 Scene 3 Lines 42-70 as Claudius says “By letters congruing to that effect, The present death of Hamlet.” (4.3 Lines 66, 67) The song “Hit the Road Jack” relates to Claudius’ intentions of getting England to kill Hamlet. The lyrics “Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.” are what Claudius wishes for Hamlet as he wants him to go to England and never come back.
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' By: Hall & Oates
If I Die Young By: The Band Perry
In Act 4 Scene 7 Claudius and Laertes come up with a plan to kill Hamlet. While they are in the middle of discussing the details Gertrude comes with the tragic news of Ophelia’s death. She tells them that Ophelia was standing on a tree branch picking flowers when she fell into the river. She describes how Ophelia floated for awhile and sang love songs, “Her clothes spread wide, and mermaid-like while they bore her up, which time she chanted snatches of old lauds, as one incapable of her own distress” (4.7 Line 174 & 175). The song “If I Die Young” relates to this part in the play because the lyrics “Sink me in the river at dawn. Send me away with the words of a love song.” describe how Ophelia died.
How Do I Live By: Leann Rimes
In Act 5, Ophelia’s funeral begins and Hamlet and Horatio watch from a distance trying to figure out who had died. I would play this song during Act 5 Scene 1 Lines 262-310 when Hamlet realizes it is Ophelia’s funeral, he leaps onto her grave and declares his love for her, “I lov’d Ophelia: forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.” (5.1 Lines 278-280) He also says that he would do anything for her; even be buried alive with her. The song “How Do I Live” relates to what Hamlet is going through in this part of the play because the lyrics “How do I live without you? I want to know. How do I breathe without you? If you ever go. How do I ever, ever survive?” describes the feelings Hamlet has about the loss of Ophelia.
Long Live By: Taylor Swift
At the end of the play, Claudius, Gertrude, Laertes and Hamlet all die from the poisonous concoction Claudius originally made for Hamlet to have. I would play this song during Act 5 Scene 2 Lines 350-413 when Hamlet asks Horatio not to kill himself so he can tell Hamlet’s story. Hamlet says “And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, to tell my story.” (5.2 Line 356) because he wants the people of Denmark to know the truth. The song “Long Live” relates to this part of the play through the lyrics “Bring on all the pretenders. One day we will be remembered.” because despite the “pretender”, Claudius, Hamlet will still be remembered for serving justice for his father.
Deep into Hamlet and Ophelias conversation in act 3 scene 1 Ophelia says "O heavenly powers, restore him!" She says this almost as though shes begging god to bring back the old hamlet, the one that had " That Lovin' Feelin". This song would be played at the end of Hamlet and Ophelia conversation with a close up of Ophelias devastated face.
Mad World By: Gary Jules
Mad World by Gary Jules would be the song that plays at the end , usually when all the credits are shown. It would be the perfect fit because the song is about someone who is slowly slipping into depression and going crazy. At the end of Hamlet it seems that everyone starts to go crazy and angry towards each other. Ophelia possibly committing suicide, Gertrude drinking the poison, and Hamlet being cut by the poisoned sword. Simply the title "Mad World" has a big connection to the story. Since this is the song for the end of the "movie" it is important that it connects with the full story of Hamlet. "I find it kind of funny I find it kind of sad the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" Those lyrics go with Hamlets mentality through out the whole story and because this story is mostly based on hamlet, having a song at the end that really portrays his feelings is important.
Act 2: I'll Be There For You By: The Rembrandts
Act 4: Crazy By Gnarls Barkley
The scene where Laertes and Polonius are talking to Ophelia and looking out for her relate to this song. When the Rembrandts sing "I'll be there for you" it reminds me of the love and support Laertes and Polonius shows for Ophelia.
In Act 4 scene 5 Ophelia starts to sing songs that make her appear crazy. She sings about how shes lost her father and doesn't have hamlet anymore. She feels helpless and the people around her starts to view her as being crazy. "Does that make me crazy?" almost sounds like it could be Ophelias own thoughts. Does it make her crazy that shes mourning about her fathers death and the loss of Hamlets love? This would be played as scenes are changing, when she is finished singing her own song.