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When given the challenge to depict a character of one of the most studied literary works of all time one faces a difficult task Kate Winslet and Helena Bonham Carter are given such tasks in William Shakespeares Hamlet They each portray Ophelia in Brangahs Hamlet and Zeffirellis Hamlet respectively The character of Ophelia as written in Shakespeares original work is a kind girl who is quick to obey her father and brother As the play goes on she falls into madness because of her fathers death and her failure to cope Because of her madness she ends it all by drowning herself in a river Winslet and Carter each depict the character of Ophelia differently Two scenes that illustrate such differences in Hamlet are shown when Ophelia is talking to her father and when she finally tumbles into insanity As Polonius is talking to his daughter Ophelia he pushes her and speaks with a horribly frightening voice in Branaghs Hamlet Fear is easily found in the eyes of Winslet as her father pushes her around with forceful hands Despite her fathers lecture on staying away from Hamlet she continues throughout the conversation to have flashbacks of her and Hamlet making love Kate plays her character faintly weaker here as she seems terrified at what her father might do next The flashbacks hint that the single thing that can calm her is remembering her times with Hamlet Helena plays the character a little bit stronger than Kate When Polonius is talking to her she seems to reject what they are saying Nonetheless she still listens However it seems like she is just agreeing to be obedient but not at all honest In the scene she does not seem afraid as with Kate but more open to her fathers concerns and wishes Confusion is found in her eyes as she copes with her fathers harsh opinion of Hamlet and how she must stay away from him Both
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