Title page for ETD etd-06132005-084216

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Daigle, Melissa Trosclair
Author's Email Address mtrosc2@lsu.edu
URN etd-06132005-084216
Title Castle to Condo, Country to Corporation: What Becomes of Hamlet in Almereyda's Modern World
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Anna Nardo Committee Chair
Anne Coldiron Committee Member
Susannah Monta Committee Member
  • shakespeare
  • hamlet
  • almereyda
Date of Defense 2005-04-04
Availability unrestricted
This paper looks into the inner workings of Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000). Even though Almereyda updates the setting and cuts many of the lines, sometimes entire scenes, from the source text, he is able to convey the some of the themes through his use of technology and media. While some themes do transfer into the postmodern setting, the places of discord are most interesting. Of particular interest is his use of modern technologies to display the corruption found in Shakespeare's play. These technologies, including speakerphone, surveillance equipment, wiring devices, handheld camcorders, and still photography, create an atmosphere of both continual connection to and continual isolation from others. Another theme continued in this filmic version is the problems associated with memory. Because of the constant bombardment of video and still images, Hamlet, Ophelia, and Gertrude all encounter difficulties remembering the past; for Hamlet, the repetition of images eventually causes him to forget the very things he was trying to remember. By the end of the film, we, the critics, become like Hamlet. In search for the truth behind the film, we mimic his editing techniques.
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