Literature, art, philosophy, cinema are affected deeply from one of the most effective theatre of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Hamlet is very important starting text by questioning the terms like melancholia, suicide and death, awakening of an individual from history, freeing from social norms and the desperate feeling against extinction. Likewise, in the Babylonian story, it is tied up with murder of brother, hate and love to a mother and father, vengeance against betrayal; basic principles of literature is shown in this novel as a matter of fact. It has become a subject of making references. With the differences of centuries, Ian McEwan’s new Hamlet, which is created in his “Nutshell” novel, is this research’s subject. McEwan’s last Hamlet is analyzed by examples from history, mythology, literature and the history of cinema. In the study, the effect of Hamlet on Turkish writers like Peyami Safa, Oguz Atay and examples from world writings are tackled in a separate section. The common points between Ian McEwan’s and Shakespeare’s text are defined in the sections of “Crime and Snake” and “Birth”. In the “Cinema Adaptations” section, it is underlined that Hamlet has an important effect not only on the literature but also on the other arts. This study handles the two different works- Hamlet and Nutshell- from two different periods and tackles the similarities of these two works. Additionally, it is displayed that Hamlet is artistically versatile and effective.
Hamlet, Ian McEwan, British Novel, Internationality of Hamlet