February 9, 2005

Hamlet vs Laramie Project

Hamlet and The Laramie Project are two very different plays. The underlying structure of both plays varies. Laramie introduces its characters very quickly. We learn about the main characters in the play by listening to the reactions of others. In Hamlet we learn about other characters as the plot progresses. Laramie leaves more to the reader, because we formulate a character based on the interviews. For example, we learn about Matthew Shepard through his friends and neighbors. The Setting in Hamlet is fairly constant and we are notified if the setting changes. In Laramie, the setting is constantly changing, and new people are always being introduced. Laramie is faster paced. I could imagine elaborate scenery for Hamlet. However, I picture little scenery for Laramie. It would be hard to constantly change the scenery everytime a new character was introduced. The central conflict in both plays is somewhat related. In both plays, a murder took place. Both plays start off with the public not knowing the murderers. The plot slowly unravels in both plays. We are dealing with two very different stories though. One is based on fiction and the other on reality. I believe that comparing these two plays is a great learning experience. It is interesting to see how two vastly different plays can have some similarities. Even though the plays are socially and structurally different, we can still draw connections between them. Comparing these plays helps the modern person analyze the vastly changing scene of theatre.

Posted by bhak0015 at February 9, 2005 10:34 PM