By Ruben R, Anna P, Jake S, Marleny G, Victor A

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In Gibsons and the Strathclyde Theatre group interpretations of Hamlets Act 3 Scene 1 they both manage to compare with the text, but contrast in setting and actor performance.

Analysis of the text

In Act 3 Scene 1 Polonious and king Cladius discuss the recent strange behavior from Hamlet. During the scene Hamlet is confronted by his beloved Ophelia and is offered his "remembrance" from her. Which basically marked the end of the relationship they had together. So throughout the scene Hamlet goes on about love and his love for Ophelia and how he has been decieved by Ophelia. Hamlet basically opens himself up towards Ophelia which has the audience wonder if it is just the madness talking or if it is really Hamlet talking. This later on escalates to him saying one of the most famous lines of the play "to be or not to be." All while the king and polonious are overhearing the confrontation between Hamlet and Ophelia.

All about Gibson`s version

In Gibson’s version of Act 3 Scene 1 it is short and to the point. It has all the aspects and important parts and lines of Act 3 Scene 1.

Setting: In Gibson’s version of Act 3 Scene 1 the audience can very well see that the play takes place in what appears to be a castle in a well-lit part of the castle. The lighting plays a major role in this scene it affects the mood of the scene. Hamlet is mad over what Ophelia tells him. The lighting is bright to show his anger toward Ophelia for betraying him. Also the lighting is dark to show that king and Polonius shadow`s when there spying on hamlet and Ophelia conversation.Also notice that when Hamlet walks away the lighting is shown darker into a shadow.

Actor Performance: You see quite a few emotions go on through the characters especially through Hamlet. Whether it be him shocked, mad, or sad. In the video you can clearly see how Hamlet reacts to the "remembrance" offered to him by Ophelia. He puts on a face of shock and disbelief as Ophelia hands him back his "remembrances". This then escalates to the actor acting as if Hamlet was furious at what he was told which then leads to him taking action and bringing up the idea of banning marriage.

Text: Gibson manages to keep the words pretty similar to the text in the book.

Ophelia :For to the noble mind

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind

Hamlet Ay, truly, for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now the times gives it proof.

OPHELIA I was the more deceived.


Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a

breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest;

but yet I could accuse me of such things that it

were better my mother had not borne me: I am very

proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at

my beck than I have thoughts to put them in,

Imagination to give them shape, or time to act them

in. What should such fellows as I do crawling

between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves,

all; believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery

OPHELIA O, help him, you sweet heavens!

Hamlet To a nunnery, go, and quickly too. Farewell.

OPHELIA O heavenly powers, restore him!

Gibson Hamlet 3.1

All about the Strathclyde`s group version


The Strathclyde group’s version is exactly what the scene was meant to be plus much more. The actors both clearly show the emotions of Hamlet and Ophelia to the audience. They use a lot of strong expressions whether it be in a physical abusive way or with their facial expressions and tone of voice.

Setting: In the Strathclyde`s version of Act 3 Scene 1 the play takes place in what appears to be a theatre room on stage. The theatre stage is decorated with black curtains and the lighting is dim which works with the mood of the scene.

Actor Performance: In this version of the scene it is clear that the characters perform their roles with more emotion and are more physical with each other. For example the actor playing Hamlet appears more mad in this scene he is also more physical with Ophelia.


The Strathclyde`s theatre group was almost identical to the text. They did add a few more lines here but the only line they took out was line 135 in the book," Ophelia: O help him, you sweet heavens."

Hamlet - Act 3 - Scene 1

Contrast and Comparisons

Setting: When it comes to the setting of the scene in both videos it is very clear that the settings are both very different. Gibson’s scene takes place in a well-lit area in a castle and the Strathclyde`s group have their scene take place in a theatre stage with dim lighting.

Actor Performance: When it comes to the performance of the actors in both videos it is very clear that the actors performed their roles very differently. The actors in Gibson’s video managed to set the mood and show us clearly what they were feeling with their actions and facial expressions. But when it comes to the performance of the Strathclyde`s group it sets the bar high. In the second video the audience can clearly see how Hamlet is feeling towards Ophelia ending their relationship but it doesn’t just end there. We can also see just how mad Hamlet is especially when he gets really physical towards Ophelia.

Text: The two videos don’t just have their differences. They both manage to compare with each other within the text. Both videos stick relatively close to the lines found in the text of the book. Gibson and the Strathclyde`s group both manage to help establish the overall theme and mood of the play with the text they used in their videos. Strathclyde added more lines like oh, go to, well it was to emphasize his madness and emotions.


During the first part of Gibson's play of Hamlet the lighting was a bit dark but, had some bright lighting. The way the camera shots were shown also was another similarity. The lighting in the other act three scene one had the same kind of brightness but it also show some very bright lighting. The videos compared to each other were really realistic. They were playing just like if it would have happened in real life. The setting was another difference that it took in the Gibson play of hamlet the scene seem to happen where there was a castle.

In Strathclydes version of hamlet the setting was arranged differently since it didn't show actually where it would have actually have happened on stage. The comparisons deal with how both the videos related in two ways. The cameras views were exactly the same since they capture the most important views of the plays characters.