Author Date

1998-04-21

Degree Name

BA

Department

English

College

Humanities

Defense Date

2020-03-09

Publication Date

2020-03-13

First Faculty Advisor

Brandie Siegfried

First Faculty Reader

Dennis Cutchins

Honors Coordinator

John Talbot

Keywords

Graphic Novel, Hamlet, Adaptations, Shakespeare

Abstract

This thesis covers three main ideas. First, there is a discussion of how an adaptation should be studied, using the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings in comparison to the books written by J. R. Tolkien. This establishes what relationship an adaptation has to its original text and the capability of achieving fidelity. The second section focuses on graphic novels and the unique characteristics they possess, looking specifically at two graphic novels, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and March by John Lewis. This section ends with an analysis of how the graphic novel could prove to be beneficial to Hamlet. The final section focuses on Hamlet itself and how two graphic adaptation, one illustrated by Nicki Greenberg and the other by Neil Babra, present this story in creative ways that express complex ideas using the characteristics of the graphic novel mentioned previously.

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