Comparing Gertrude And Claudius And Branagh's Two Hamlet

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My aim in this essay is to compare the representation of the central figure of John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius, Gertrude, with two Hamlet films, Zeffirelli’s one and Branagh’s one. First of all, we will deal with the plot of the story of Gertrude and Claudius.
First of all, we will deal with the main plot of John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius. The King of Denmark marries his daughter to Horwendil the Jute, although this marriage is not a question of love but a question of politics. Horwendil becomes King, when her father dies. She bears him a son, Amleth/Hamlet. She tries to love her husband and her son, but at forty-seven, Gertrude is seduced into a passionate affair by the King 's brother, Feng/Claudius. The King discovers the affair and confronts Claudius conspires with Corambus/Polonius to murder the King. After killing him, Claudius and Gertrude marry. Claudius wants Hamlet at Elsinore, but Gertrude thinks him a danger to her husband. Claudius prevails. The story ends, as Hamlet agrees to remain at the castle.
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We did not know that Gertrude was sixteen years old when her father Rorik, King of Denmark, betrothed her to Horwendil, for example. We can see her in the film with the age of forty seven, when she marries Claudius after King Hamlet’s death. In addition, she has long, copper-colored hair and a small gap between her two front teeth, things that in the film are not shown: ‘Had her beauty a flaw, it was a small gap between her front teeth, as if too broad a smile had once pulled the space forever open’², although Gertrude has long blonde hair and perfect well located teeth in both of the films. Besides, in the book we can read that ‘Gerutha 's gray-green eyes flashed like poplar leaves before a storm’³, Gertrude has gray-green eyes in both films, or at least they are

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