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Comparison Contrast of Hamlet the play to the movie Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a story about a king that was murdered by his brother and the prince has been asked by his fathers ghost to avenge his murder The original story line has been altered a few times since it has been written The original Hamlet the play and the altered Hamlet the movie are shown differently in many different ways Hamlet the movie with Mel Gibson shows different things than the play but there are three major differences between the two The three major differences are in the way both of the productions start out differences in the scene that the players put on a play and differences in the way the productions end The first difference is in the way the play and the movie begins The play starts out with guards standing guard at the castle with Horatio Hamlets friend The guards and Horatio are waiting for the ghost of Old Hamlet to arrive so they can find out why he is there The ghost does arrive twice but does not speak The scene ends with the guards and Horatio discussing that they should get Hamlet to try to speak to the ghost Hamlet the movie starts out differently It starts out with the funeral for King Hamlet with Gertrude standing beside the coffin Hamlet sprinkles dust over his fathers dead body The coffin is then covered and Claudius Old Hamlets brother places his sword over the coffin and Gertrude cries The second difference is the way the scene is with the players putting on their play In the play at the end of the players play King Claudius stands up and walks slowly towards the stage and laughs for a minute He then calls for the lights and leaves Other people stay behind while Hamlet dances around and sings Gertrude watches Hamlet and then leaves
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