The play scene in Hamlet with adding fictional character
Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2
* The following is a scenario that was re-adapted by adding a fictional character, Hans, from some scenes of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's four major tragedies, inspired by conversations related to the play.
In the part where two friends visit Hamlet and talk about the troupe, I would like to add a theater official who appears with Guildenstern and Rosencrantz. The official's name is Hans. This official will appear together in a conversation with the two friends before 4-5 actors in the play. Personally, I read the part where Hamlet and his two friends exchange trends about theater and play. I could confirm Hamlet's understanding, thoughts, and values about theater through this line. And this connects us to the play we are learning, and it is conducive when looking at the role of play in education and its psychological effects. The time when Hamlet appeared was the Renaissance era when anthropocentrism was rising. In the period of monarchism, which stood at the center based on monarchy, and in the age of humanism based on the Renaissance, which was just taking off, the scene can explain why a person is experiencing confusion about two tremendous values. Also, Hamlet is experiencing humanism, but the human world he experiences is not so beautiful and sublime. Somewhat, they sharpened their swords of vengeance, struggled for their position, and deceived each other and themselves. So, in my opinion, Hamlet seems to have aggravated his ambivalence with this background of the times. Compared to these tragic seeds, it is noteworthy that Hamlet's thoughts and values about the play, which can only be seen with normal thinking, are worth noting. This may be a projection of Shakespeare's thoughts. Modern times also don't seem to be any different from the situation Hamlet lived in, so I decided on this passage because it gives us an answer to how we should look at the play in this chaotic era. While imagining it might be the same as Da Vinci's code, which Shakespeare predicted and secretly left behind in the modern age of chaos for modern people.
For example, in one of Hamlet's lines below,
"'Tis well, I'll have thee speak out the rest of this soon. Good my lord, will you see the players well bestow'd? Do you hear, let them be well us'd, for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time. In After your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live."
In other words, we know that life is a play and that the solidarity that shows our lives is the stage. Considering Hamlet's psychology that reality was more painful than the play, I wonder if Hamlet wanted to check and face his existence through the play stage and be comforted again. In particular, as Hamlet and his two friends discussed theater trends that changed the play's form to a children-oriented performance, the existing performances lost their seats and turned into touring performances. In this case, Hamlet thought that the education and management of children would need to be done appropriately. It is a part where we can guess that Hamlet could have become a great director and professor of the educational theater if he had not had a tragic personal history, the appearance of ghosts, and the awakening of the truth. Based on the awareness and role of plays in the Hamlet era and the curiosity, wonder, and interest in Hamlet looking at these plays, I added "Hans" as a fictional character, a director of the theater company, as a new character to this movement. Later, during a conversation with his two friends, Hans will come out before the five players who appear and introduce the five players of his troupe, talking about the current status of the theater and the importance of the play. Through this conversation with Hans, the audience can understand and consider the theater of Hamlet's era. I think it will be helpful to understand the natural plot of the five players who appeared later. For innate modern understanding and observation of the flow of the play, I inform you that the language is not the language of Shakespeare's era but the current language.
Rosencrantz: Hamlet, my friend. I brought the leader of the candle band named Hans here. He is the representative of the theater company you requested because you wanted to put on a performance. He toured for a few months as a traveling performance and returned to Denmark. (Looks at Hans, who is standing nervously at the door, and Rosencrantz pretends to let him come in). Hans is very tired now, but he wants to hear you.
Hans is a representative theater director in his 60s, wearing a green top and yellow pants. He must have been extremely nervous before meeting Hamlet, and the shiny accessories of his vest over his green coat were twisted in places, revealing that he had pulled off the decorations to relieve the tension. Without the courage to look around, he quietly stood there with his head lowered, paying attention to his breathing until someone called out.
Hamlet: Why do actors go on tour these days? It would be better for reputation and income to settle in one city than to travel from place to place.
Hans: My lord (after bowing, he gets up on his knees) There have been many changes in the theater recently. Especially these days, the theater is playing with children as actors. These children-oriented plays are in vogue these days. Everyone stands in a long line to see a show put on by kids (sighs), and nerds like us should grow old in the back room. (After a moment of silence) Still, thank you for calling our band like this. You pulled the wick of a fading candle and made a bright light. However, since You only pulled the wick, I am still thinking about when it will turn off again. We earn that day and spend that day.
Rosenkrantz: You seem to be having trouble with the latest fads. Hans told me about this difficulty before.
Hamlet: Rosencrantz! Is their reputation the same as when I was in the city? How about popularity?
Rosencrantz: No, they try as they always do. However, audiences these days are not what they used to be. That's what fashion is. Every single day changes differently. I don't know much about theater... Hans, isn't it? What do you think?
Hans: Theater is like our life. In our lives, there are times when we are sad and suffering, and despite this, there are times when we are happy, and there are times when we are moved... (Glances at Rosenkrantz for a moment) If this is a fad, you have yet to understand either life or the theater well.
Hamlet: Hans, can the play show the audience what's deep inside me? Do not exaggerate or understate it. If that's the case, Rosenkrantz, you'll have to apologize to Hans for saying it's fashionable.
Hans: My lord, if a theater is a life, and it was not for showing the human heart as it is, I would not have remained in this dying stage to keep the remaining embers alive.
Hamlet: That's right. I've seen your band play before... (looks up as if thinking for a moment, then looks back at Hans) Excellent play, the scenes are well put together, the sentences are very skillful and so understated. Some people say that there is not a single practice of seasoning with seasonings and that they use a sincere method, and I want to believe what you said.
Hans: My honor, Master! Who can cry and laugh for you if we don't set the stage and send the actors up to cry and laugh? Master! I know very well why you called me today. What pain do you want to show? What joy or emotion do you like to express? Five outstanding actors from our orchestra will gladly perform on stage for you, crying, laughing, and ready to die. (he is prepared to burst into tears for a moment) Master... please just tell me.
Guildenstern: All you have to do is say the lines we ask for and do what we ask. You will get paid that much.
Hamlet: I don't think so. Guildenstern. Your heart isn't suffering enough if you feel like that. Have you ever thought that your heart is in so much pain, your heart bursts, your body disintegrates and becomes liquid, and you want to disappear without a sound like the dew of the cold dawn? You don't know what life is. Hans will probably give me a good answer. Treat them well. An actor is a summary of time, a short chronicle. We will be recorded and must show posterity that no matter what anyone says, we live our lives, whether a tragedy or a comedy. I want to be true to my feelings.
Myungja Anna Koh