In the documentary "The History of Hamlet", an episode in the series The South Bank Shows, many renowned directors, who attempted directing Hamlet by William Shakespeare, were interviewed. They gave many insightful opinions about the genius of the play. But one statement by the Russian director Yurie Lyubimov appealed to me the most; amidst poetic verse, he stated Hamlet is "a collection box" (VHS).
As readers of Hamlet, many people believe there is a certain way the play should be enacted. Because it is a Shakespearean play, many see it as a fantasy that cannot be found in our age. But those who hold that perspective probably did not understand the entire point to the play. Lyubimov is amongst those who believe a part of Hamlet can be found in the story of every human being. Hamlet contains such flexibility any reader can bring any experience in their life into the plot to find meaning. Compared to other plays whose storylines are strongly connected to a specific time, era, place, or a group of people, Hamlet can be extracted from it's setting and plac...
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