Hamlet Documentary Essay
In the documentary "The History of Hamlet", an episode in the series The South Bank Shows, many renowned directors, who attempted directing Hamlet by William Shakespeare, were interviewed. They gave many insightful opinions about the genius of the play. But one statement by the Russian director Yurie Lyubimov appealed to me the most; amidst poetic verse, he stated Hamlet is "a collection box" (VHS).
As readers of Hamlet, many people believe there is a certain way the play should be enacted. Because it is a Shakespearean play, many see it as a fantasy that cannot be found in our age. But those who hold that perspective probably did not understand the entire point to the play. Lyubimov is amongst those who believe a part of Hamlet can be found in the story of every human being. Hamlet contains such flexibility any reader can bring any experience in their life into the plot to find meaning. Compared to other plays whose storylines are strongly connected to a specific time, era, place, or a group of people, Hamlet can be extracted from it's setting and placed in a remote village near the Amazon and still be Hamlet.
A physics professor from the twentieth century can relate to his college heartbreak for the beautiful girl he loved lacked character so she did not have the courage to support her feelings, thus they both live a life of everlasting longing. Even the turmoil of an average teenager can be inserted into the events of the Elizabethan drama.
In act IV scene iv, Hamlet sees Fortinbras enter Denmark to reach Poland on a mission to win "a patch of ground" (Folger, IV, iv, 201) which had "no profit but in the name" (IV, iv, 201). As the young prince talked to the captain, the depressed son Hamlet understood the magnitude of action was taken to accomplish such a minimal action as regaining land. "Twenty thousand men" (IV, iv, 203) traveled with Fortinbras, all willing to go to "their graves like beds" (IV, iv, 203) for a cause that didn't have any personal...