Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sexual Tension

I wondered if Renaissance actors would have acted out sexual tension between Hamlet and Gertrude. This might have been an element made up entirely by the director of the film we watched, but the play is certainly open for that interpretation. It would resemble the subject matter of incest (specifically with one's own mother) in Oedipus, which would make sense since the Renaissance involved a revival of classical arts and ideas. If so, do you think a 16th century audience would have been disgusted by that?

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