Topic: Hamlet and the Media


Choose three of the presentations of Hamlet’s soliloquy in act 3, scene 1, the justly famous “To be, or not to be” passage below. In considering all three presentations, discuss blocking (the movement of the actor), his use of emphasis and tone in referring to specific lines and concepts, his costuming, the set that the director uses in creating a physical scene, and the Prince’s overall presence. Which Hamlet best meets the audience’s expectations given Hamlet’s central importance in Shakespeare’s great tragedies?
Use these links in viewing the various actors and their soliloquies:

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