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In Lesson 19 of the videotape Literary Visions the actor performs two interpretations of the monologue To be or not to be As said in the video there are many ways that an actor can choose to interpret that particular speech in Hamlet Many actors relish the opportunity to perform Hamlet because of that particular speech In a play the actors interpretation of the character is what gives the audience the background and insights into the characters feelings since there is not a narrator like in a short story Each actors version of Hamlet is different and therefore the interpretation by the audience will be different There is not a right or wrong interpretation but a change in the actors tone of voice or facial expressions can transform the meanings of the words As seen in the video the actors two interpretations of To be or not to be from the video are very different from each other In the first rendition of To be or not to be the actor speaks quieter that I would have expected Hamlet is portrayed as being extremely serious in this version He continues to look up in space throughout the monologue as if he is asking a question and looking for the answer since he is very perplexed about what he should do in order to cleanse the state Hamlet is facing an internal dilemma because he has to decide whether or not he is going to kill in order to make things better He ponders the pros and the cons of his decisions in order to distinguish which choice would be the best By speaking in a lower voice and by acting so introspective Hamlet seems like he has been defeated as if he cannot decide what to do Towards the end of the monologue Hamlet does get a bit mad out of frustration since he cannot figure out what he should do
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