Comparison of Hamlet's Soliloquy And The Prince of Wales's Version

Comparison of Hamlet's Soliloquy And The Prince of Wales's Version
When comparing the two texts A and B, A being the famous speech in Shakespeare?s Hamlet and B the Prince of Wales?s version one of the first and most significant things to look for is the actual resemblance between the two texts. Is it correct to consider the Prince of Wales?s version as a modernized version of Hamlet?s soliloquy or is it just a text with similar plot. Further more is it fair to say that modernization of a language is always negative as the Prince of Wales claims? Secondly, the tone in the texts has a great importance which can not be neglected when comparing them. Furthermore one has to take in consideration how well each text fits in to the style of its particular period in time. These three aspects; Resemblance, tone and style of time period are some major issues when comparing the two texts but far from all. Now arguments will show in what ways the two texts are similar but also in what ways they differ.To begin with, the resemblance between the texts can be argued due to the fact that in the modernized version some important messages are neglected. An example would be that while in text A nobility and honor are very important factors in the dilemma, in text B these are totally ignored and instead replaced by a purely reasonable choice. This can undoubtedly be seen when comparing the first parts of the texts. In text A Hamlet utters ?whether `tis nobler to suffer[?]? which in the modernized version is written as ?should [I] just say OK?.? Furthermore Hamlet expresses dying while sleeping as a way of ending all the ?heartache and [?] thousands [of] natural shocks that flesh is heir to? while in the modernized version it is mentioned as ?taking the quick way out? when you are ?stuffed up [?] with [all] mess?. These two do not convey the same message. In text A the reader gets the impression of mental and emotional depression while text B puts it as if it were just giving up for nothing when you?ve had enough. The real depth of sadness never gets trough and the reader?s opinion might therefore be that it is a hopeless person with no intentions in life who does not really have a valid reason to feel sorry for him/her-self.

Continuously, the question of immortality or life after death is stated in both texts but once again in different ways. Hamlet is afraid of ?what dreams may come? when one has ?shuffled off this mortal coil?, died. This due to bad conscience. The Prince, on the other hand, puts the same question in a skeptic wording which has the effect that you don?t really care whether there is life after death or not because you?ve heard all the rumors and thoughts about it already. This can be showed using the quote ?all that mystical stuff about when you die, you might find you?re still ? know what I mean??

Apart from the skepticism in the Prince?s version there are several more parts in the two texts that differ in tone. The greatest, probably the first words in the texts, ?To be or not to be? are Shakespeare?s words, which have been quoted and memorized ever since first written. The feeling of deep philosophical thinking is by no means given back by the Princes phrase ?well frankly?. Also Shakespeare?s version has a heroic tone which is strengthened by the phrases ?suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? and of course by his famous soliloquy ?to be or not to be?. This heroic impression and tone is fully left out in the Princes version where the suffering is worded as #let them walk over me" which is more likely to give a feeling of ignorance and nonchalance than heroism.

Finally, looking at the styles of the texts none of them can really be said to be typical for its time period. The Prince?s version might be close however a bit exaggerated but Shakespeare?s works are one of a kind and quite extreme when it comes to language and phrasing. Still, comparing these two gives a clear picture of how a language can change. Even if this was quite an extreme comparison using one of the biggest authors ever lived who?s writing is world famous for being eloquent and a Prince with a negative attitude who?s writing is based on facts.

Concluding what can be deducted is that our language is becoming less and less philosophic and more straightforward. We do not care about involving deep thinking in our texts but instead concentrate on facts we know, and then use them to write an undiscussable piece of work based on analytical thinking and not philosophical. Weather or not this is bad one can not answer, only discuss.

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