- Why did everyone start to hate the Russians if the U.S. did the same thing in Afghanistan, Iraq?
- What needs to be corrected in the management of Russia first?
- Why did Blaise Pascal become a religious man at the end of his life?
- How do I know if a guy likes you?
- When they say "one generation", how many do they mean?
Everything that concerns human psychology does not lose its relevance over the centuries. Over the millennia of human history, people are driven by the same feelings-love, loyalty, selfishness or anger. Therefore, in “Hamlet” you may find strange clothing or social structure, but not the reasons that motivate the actors to act, the thirst for power, the desire for truth, the search for yourself, and so on-all this is intuitive.
Because regardless of your social status and cultural background, regardless of where you live, Hamlet opens up to you. With its ornate language; emotional and philosophical questions that people still ask (as in the early 17th century). Here are 3 examples: how to grieve when they lose their father; how to accept the marriage of your widowed mother; loyalty (or betrayal) of old friends from school or university.
It is relevant because it is archetypal. It reproduces motifs that are understandable to a person of European and Russian culture, but it is also understandable (to some extent) to all people in general. This is a story about revenge and injustice, it is a story about power. But most of all, it is an intelligent story. This story is about choosing between thinking and acting, between finding excuses for your actions and the agonizing decision to break cultural taboos. But this is also a religious story, by the way (which many do not see). Exactly. Hamlet is tormented by whether his father's ghost or a demon is speaking to him at all. And judging by Shakespeare's description of this ghost, Hamlet is still a demon. Because in Christianity (and Shakespeare knew this very well), the souls of the dead do not demand revenge, do not call for it. Revenge, the desire to kill enemies-this is the fate of demons. The ghost of Hamlet's “father” forces his son to swear an oath and encourages him out of the ground, and before that, Hamlet tells him that at the beginning of the morning he must leave and suffer the torment of fire. That is, in fact, we are facing just evil spirits (since according to all beliefs, it is evil spirits that cannot withstand the light of the sun). In this light, Hamlet's hesitation becomes even more sinister.
In short, this is a play about a man who cannot find his place in the world. The way Shakespeare paints his characters is amazing: he gets to the very core, the very idea of existence. Readers of different ages understand Hamlet in their own way, thanks to the play's openness to interpretation. At the same time, you never lose focus. And, if you look from the point of view of the production, there are quite a few such interesting roles. Recently, a production of Hamlet directed by Maxine Peake was presented in London, where all the roles are played by women. Here it is-another, new interpretation of “Hamlet”. This is the best proof that future productions will continue to talk to the audience.
I would even say that it is even more relevant now than it was 400 years ago.
“Hamlet” – it's about what, if in simple words? A person learns that his father was treacherously killed, and not by anyone, but by his own brother, in collusion with his wife (the hero's mother). The situation, by the standards of antiquity and the Middle Ages, is extremely simple: calling out for revenge (which the hero is reminded of by the ghost of the murdered man). But Hamlet is already a man of the new age, he reads books, studied at uni, knows what irony is, and now what? should I really pick up a sword and go out to kill? with these very hands that he used to write down lectures on practical philosophy? The inner drama that rends Hamlet's soul is precisely the conflict between the intellectual content of man, the fruit of progress and education, and the primal call of blood, which inevitably sweeps away all this stuffing, even if its bearer himself is categorically against it.
A very relevant story for our days.