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|GR: Hamlet-just how crazy is he?
Written by Jezkalyn
(6/10/2003 9:54 a.m.)
It seems to me that one of the questions any director of Hamlet must answer for themselves is, exactly how nuts is Hamlet? Once that level of inasanity is set, the question is, when does he go truly wacko, if at all? How this question is answered will greatly influence how we feel about Hamlet as well as the events of the play.
All the video versions of this play answer this question differently. The most extreme answer to this question I have found so far is in the Nichol Williamson verion where Hamlet is completely and utterly wacko from the time he sees the ghost to the end. Although I don't neccessarily agree with this take, it is worth seeing just for the extreme. Of course, The KB, LO, and MG versions all answer this question differently.
For me, esp. after this group read, I believe that Hamlet is more or less in his right mind until he gets confirmation of Claudius evil deed. At which point he gets somewhat carried away with his revenge and has a hard time controlling his passions. I think I would have to say that I don't think he ever goes completely off his rocker. He is too much of a thinker for that.
Any other thoughts?
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