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William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King - William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King      Though Shakespeares’ Hamlet and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King were written in two different eras, echoes of the latter can be found in the former. The common theme of Hamlet and Oedipus the King is regicide. Also, like in Oedipus the King, there is a direct relationship between the state of the state and the state of their kings. Furthermore, there is also a relationship between Oedipus’ armed entrance into the bedroom in which Jocasta hanged herself, and Hamlet’s confrontation of Gertrude in her bedroom....   [tags: Hamlet Oedipus King Essays] 1377 words
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Examining the Tragic Protagonists of "Oedipus Rex" and "Hamlet" - Tragedy can be defined as the downfall of a protagonist through some fatal error or misjudgment, producing suffering and insight on the part of the main character and arousing pity and fear on the part of the audience. Of all the characteristics of tragedy, one is most important: the tragic hero must be essentially admirable and good. In both the common tragedies, “Oedipus Rex” and “Hamlet”, both main characters are generally good. In either play, both Hamlet and Oedipus make a flaw that will cost them an extreme suffering, and in “Hamlet”, that concludes in many deaths....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Hamlet] 644 words
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Comparison of Oedipus and Hamlet - Comparison of Oedipus and Hamlet Compare and contrast Oedipus and Hamlet. Is Oedipus more a man of action. Or is he more a man driven by whim and sudden, rash decisions. Which character is more selfless. Does Hamlet show any signs of selfish motives in his actions or inactions. Which protagonist seems more learned. wiser. more religious. more loving. more incestuous. Which seems to be a better murder investigator. Does Oedipus have any of Claudius' motives when he kills the king, Laius. Then which murderer is more blameworthy--Oedipus or Claudius....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Hamlet Plays Literature Essays] 1320 words
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Hamlet and Oedipus: A Comparison - Tragedy. It is a word which can conjure many images for most people. From the innocence of a child who has lost her favorite blanket, to the heartbreak of losing a parent, to the desperation of a suicidal teen, every person on earth can relate to tragedy. The degree to which an audience can relate or even just sympathize with the tragic hero determines the quality of the tragedy. That said, in order to produce a tragedy, it is necessary to have a tragic hero. In his work, The Poetics, Aristotle sets forward characteristics that all tragic heroes should share....   [tags: Tragedy, Literary Analysis, WIlliam Shakespeare]
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Hamlet and Oedipus Rex - In Hamlet written by Shakespeare and Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles there are similarities that both the writers incorporated in their plays that distinguish their success in the time period in which they were written. In having their similarities there were also differences that arose in the two as the following will determine in the comparing of Hamlet and Oedipus Rex. Hamlet and Oedipus Rex had similar minds, but differed in how to go about their dilemmas that presented themselves to the fledgling rulers eventually lead them to their self-destruction....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sophocles, differences, similarities] 1007 words
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Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex - Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex       William Shakespeare's play Hamlet contains very similar elements to Sophocles' Greek Myth, Oedipus Rex. In the late 1800s through early 1900s, a Doctor based out of Vienna, named Sigmund Freud, developed a theory based on the events of the play Oedipus Rex, which has since been coined the "Oedipus Complex."  Ernest Jones also applied his knowledge of Freudian psychology and wrote a persuasive paper suggesting that Hamlet cannot kill his uncle Claudius because of his repressed feelings for his mother....   [tags: Oedipal Complex William Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Comparing Hamlet and Oedipus the King - Images of disease dominate Shakespeare's Hamlet as well as Sophocles play, Oedipus the King, Both Hamlet and Oedipus face many problems with death. Hamlet is seeking out the killer of his father as well as Oedipus. They feel that justice hasn't been served properly and they must seek out the killer of their fathers' in order for justice to be served. In both Hamlet and Oedipus the King, there is mass turmoil amongst family relationships, the inner problems they face, and the lack of free will they had....   [tags: compare contrast]
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Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex - Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex Hamlet is the typical kind of son almost every father and mother would want: intelligent, loving, caring, strong and loyal. Yet, some scholars believe that he is just another emotional character, defying our eyes to think that his acts are innocent, when his real purpose is to take his mother for himself. This gives scholars, like Ernest Jones, the impression that Hamlet’s actions were encouraged by an Oedipus complex, characterized by feelings of intense rivalry with a father figure in regards to a mother’s spousal affection....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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Free Oedipal Complex Essays: Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex - Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex That Hamlet is suffering from an internal conflict the essential nature of which is inaccessible to his introspection is evidenced by the following considerations. Throughout the play we have the clearest picture of a man who sees his duty plain before him, but who shirks it at every opportunity and suffers in consequence the most intense remorse. To paraphrase Sir James Paget's description of hysterical paralysis: Hamlet's advocates say he cannot do his duty, his detractors say he will not, whereas the truth is that he cannot will....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays] 612 words
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Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex - When examining Hamlet through the lens of the Oedipus complex, it is critical to first define and thoroughly explain the Oedipus complex, then to apply it to Hamlet's relationships, before a final conclusion is reached. The Complexities of the Complex Before one can understand the Oedipus complex, one must understand Sigmund Freud's theory on infantile sexuality. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy points out that the roots of Freud's theory can be found in the work of an older colleague of Freud's, Josef Breuer....   [tags: Oedipal Complex] 1317 words
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Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex - The Oedipus complex originates from the classical era and was seen as pejorative due to the afflictions of hatred, jealously and a desire to kill the father. It is where a boy unconsciously develops a desire and lust for his mother considering the father as his ultimate rival whom he must eradicate. The death of Hamlet's father to his envious adversaries hand, stimulates Hamlet's deep affections for his mother from his childhood. Hamlet's Oedipal desire leads him to procrastinate in killing Claudius: in doing so, it would be an obvious admittance to his Oedipal lusts: his enemy has already fulfilled his Oedipal desires in murdering Old Hamlet and sleeping with...   [tags: Papers] 604 words
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Hamlet versus Oedipus - Since time has begun, the battle between good and evil has been the epic foretelling of man’s hardened sense of self. Whether in the theater of war fought on open battlegrounds, or if it’s just the little angel or demon that sits on your shoulder telling you right and wrong. The battle of ones angels and demons are constant and never ending until death when one meets their ultimate fate. Hamlet and Oedipus suffer from their own individual flaws which propel them towards their unfortunate fate. Hamlet’s father is murdered by his brother Claudius, while Oedipus kills his own father....   [tags: Shakespeare vs Sophocles] 613 words
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Hamlet vs. Oedipus - Tragedies have been a form of plays for a long time, since the Greek’s time of high power, ever since Thespis created the first form of play write with only using one actor. Plays and tragedies have come a long way since then, gradually increasing the number of actors and their role in the plays that were created. One of the most influential play writes of his time was Sophocles, who used three characters and created more realistic dramatic scenes and created one of the most influential plays of the time Oedipus Rex....   [tags: compare contrast]
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Comparison: Oedipus and Hamlet - According to Aristotle there are five characteristics of a tragic hero: Flaw or error of judgment, (Peripeteia) a reversal of fortune, the enlightenment (anagnorisis) the discovery or recognition, (hubris) excessive pride, and the character’s fate. Oedipus finds the elders of Thebes praying to the gods for liberation of the plague. Oedipus “alone can help. The cause of the trouble is himself; the chances he has had in his life are precisely the source of the plague” (Diski 1). Oedipus is the cause and the solution to end the plague, but he is blind to the true....   [tags: Tragic Heroes, Characteristics]
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Hamlet and Oedipus Rex: The Birth of Kings - Hamlet and Oedipus Rex: The Birth of Kings Two plays, "Hamlet", written by William Shakespeare and "Oedipus Rex", written by Sophocles share a common bond of illusion and innocence. The protagonists in both plays appear at the beginning only to have changed so that reality has broken through the illusion with less than desirable results for either. In these two plays, two kings must leave their innocence behind as the truth leads them first, to enlightenment and then to their downfall....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 847 words
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Hamlet and Oedipus: Free Will versus Fate - For ages, man has sought to be in command of his life. The common debate is whether we, as human beings, have free will or if a divine force, sometimes referred to as fate, determines our destiny. Though the two plays, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Sophocles’s Oedipus were written in two different eras, these two ideas are common between them. Although Hamlet and Oedipus both strive to be in control of their lives, Oedipus refuses to accept his destiny and therefore unknowingly fulfills his fate....   [tags: essays research papers] 994 words
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Two Highlights of the Greek Tragedian Era: Hamlet and Oedipus Rex - The two writers in tragedy showed what many writers couldn’t throughout the Greek tragedian era. Sophocles, who wrote “Oedipus Rex”, portrayed Jocasta as a caring mother who soon turned into a wife of her own son, while Shakespeare, who wrote “Hamlet”, used the same Greek tragedian tools and portrayed Gertrude as a naïve mother who made one decision that separated her son, Hamlet, from her. Gertrude was similar to Jocasta in that both were naïve but protective of their own sons. However Jocasta was more aware of the actions she took, even after the prophecy was told....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sophocles, Greek Tragedy] 572 words
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Oedipus vs. Hamlet as Tragic Heroes - Oedipus from the drama, “Oedipus the King” and Hamlet from, “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” are two characters that are different, yet they both share the same title of being a tragic hero. Oedipus and Hamlet have many characteristics of a tragic hero that separates them in varieties. However, some of those characteristics show that both characters have and use similar thought processes and methods, which classify them as tragic heroes of their dramas. The five characteristics of a tragic hero are: nobility, tragic flaw, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and lastly irony....   [tags: Character Analysis, Shakespeare]
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Comparing the Tragedies of Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman - Comparing the Tragedies of Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman The tragedies Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman have strikingly different plots and characters; however, each play shares common elements in its resolution. The events in the plays’ closings derive from a tragic flaw possessed by the protagonist in each play. The downfall of each protagonist is caused by his inability to effectively cope with his tragic flaw. The various similarities in the closing of each play include elements of the plot, the reflection of other characters on the misfortune of the tragic hero, and expression of important themes through the dialogue of the characters....   [tags: compare contrast compare/contrast] 1033 words
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Dramatic Tragedies: Oedipus Rex and Hamlet - William Shakespeare and Sophocles were both intellectual playwrights for their time. Shakespeare is considered to be one of the most advanced writers of his time. They both created plays similar in nature such as; “Oedipus Rex” and “Hamlet”. Both plays were consistent of dramatic tragedy. Sophocles wrote about the typical Greek tragedy that consisted of an ill-fated doom for Oedipus. Shakespeare wrote about Kingdom of Denmark where all things fell apart and death was imminent. Each story consisted of a queen that was important to the outcome of each play....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sophocles, tragedy] 713 words
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tragoed Comparing Elements of Tragedy in Hamlet and Oedipus the King - The Tragedies of Hamlet and Oedipus the King       Tragedy is a broad genre that may take many forms. Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Shakespeare's Hamlet both contain the basic elements of tragedy, but Hamlet is a tragic hero, while Oedipus is a tragic villain. From the opening moments of Hamlet, the audience knows that Hamlet must avenge his father's death. Oedipus, on the other hand, kills his own father and unwittingly marries his mother, thus sealing his own fate and fulfilling the prophecy that stated he would do just that....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Oedipus the King Comparison to Hamlet - The two most controversial situations in a person’s life are fate and free will, the determinants of why things happen the way they do (Hamilton 12). Whether or not what people go through is a result of fate or choice is a thing, which requires adequate deliberation. Fate describes a situation in which someone believe the idea that his or her future is already planned, even though they do not know what is going to happen to them. This, therefore implies that the individual will do a lot of things, but in the end, what happens to him or her is something previously outlined by forces of unknown nature....   [tags: fate, free will, miserable life, future life]
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Oedipus and Hamlet as Father Figures - Oedipus and Hamlet as Father Figures Oedipus and Hamlet are two very well known characters in literature. They both stand out in a reader's mind through their actions, conflicts, strengths, and weaknesses. A reader becomes involved more in the action through these two characters. They allow us, the reader, to gain a greater sense of the stories plot. In many ways these characters hold similar traits to one another but the one that stands out most in my mind is their relationships with their fathers....   [tags: William Shakespeare Sophocles ] 884 words
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tragoed Comparing Tragedy in Hamlet and Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Tragedy in Hamlet and Oedipus the King Tragedy comes in many forms, for example earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes are all types of tragedies. On the other hand, when talking about tragedy in literature, it has a whole different meaning. Tragedy in literature is on a smaller scale than things like earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. In literature tragedy is usually about one person and the horrible things that happen to them during their life in a story or play. Oedipus is the main character in the play Oedipus the King....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 624 words
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Comparing Oedipus and Hamlet - Free Essays - Oedipus vs. Hamlet as Tragic Protagonists Oedipus fits Aristotle's definition of the tragic flaw and protagonist almost flawlessly. Aristotle described the protagonist as "someone regarded as extraordinary rather than typical..."(1117). Oedipus freed Thebes from the Sphinx by solving her riddle-- something nobody else had been able to do. The priest in the first scene of Act I calls Oedipus "...our greatest power" (1121) and describes him as rated first among men. Hamlet is of noble birth but there is nothing else extraordinary about him....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 374 words
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The Protagonist as Victim in Oedipus the King and Hamlet - The Protagonist as Victim in Oedipus the King and Hamlet       In Sophocle's Oedipus the King and William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the unruly forces surrounding the protagonists are the source for their downfall. Fate, women, and divine intervention are the foundation for the protagonists' demise. The protagonists are powerless against these elements, and for that reason, are not responsible for their finish. The uncontrollable force of fate is one component that assists in destroying Oedipus....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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A Comparison of Tragedy in Hamlet, The Book of Job, and Oedipus Rex - Interpretations of Tragedy in Hamlet, The Book of Job, and Oedipus Rex   For ages, man has pondered upon the roots of destiny. Is the outcome of a man's life determined by human qualities and failings, the meddling of a divine power, or simple fate. Shakespeare's Hamlet made the argument that tragedy is caused by human folly. The idea that divine intervention is at the root of human suffering is put forth in the Book of Job. In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, fate is given as the root of man's suffering....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and the Book of Job - Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and the Book of Job In works of literature involving a tragedy, the question of the cause of the tragedy is often raised. The play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and the book of Job from the Bible all involve a tragedy resulting from different things. In Oedipus Rex the tragedy is a result of Oedipus's fate. In Hamlet the tragedy is caused by human folly. The divine intervention of God is what causes the tragedy in Job. The tragedy in Oedipus Rex is a result of fate, in Hamlet a result of human folly, and in Job a result of divine intervention....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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Free Oedipal Complex Essays: Hamlet’s Oedipus Complex - Hamlet’s Oedipus Complex In Shakespeare’s play of Hamlet, we are under the impression that Hamlet has an unconscious longing for his mother. The death of Ophelia assists in displaying Hamlet’s actions of being insane. Hamlet also subconsciously reveals the truth about his feelings, whether he realizes them or not. Hamlet communicates on two different levels throughout the play. Hamlet's intimacy with Ophelia shows that he could love other then his mother and father. By having Ophelia, rather than Polonius read the love letter to Claudius, Ophelia is reminded of Hamlet offering his love to her....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 646 words
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Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, & Willy Loman Comparison - “Still, the Truth Remains” An immense desire for personal satisfaction, and extraordinary reputation can often result in a sickly, perverse distortion of reality. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, a man well known for his intellect and wisdom, finds himself blind to the truth of his life, and his parentage. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet also contains a character that is in search of the truth, which ultimately leads to his own demise, as well as the demise of many around him. Arthur Miller’s play, The Death of a Salesman, tells of a tragic character so wrapped up in his delusional world, that reality and illusion fuse, causing an internal explosion that leads to his downfall....   [tags: Sophocles William Shakespeare Arthur Miller]
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Scripting Stage Space in Oedipus the King and Hamlet - "Literary people have long been studying and teaching plays as if they were meant to be read rather than performed." "A central part of a play's meaning is the way it was originally designed to work on stage." William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles Oedipus the King have long been included on academic lists for scholarly study as literary texts. As someone who has studied both texts in just the manner Hornby mentions, I would suggest that what is lost when a scholar treats a play text as literature is precisely that `central part of the play's meaning' which is illuminated by consideration of how a play was `designed to work on stage'....   [tags: European Literature] 2400 words
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Neither Oedipus nor Hamlet was the direct cause of his troubles. - Although you may never meet them, and although you may not tread the soil of God’s green earth at the same time, many believe it to be a scientific fact every one of us has a twin. These people believe that in some way, we are all connected as twins. Upon presenting their theory, these individuals must have been confronted with hitches and hurdles. From chuckling and chortling to snickering and sneering, one can only imagine the response these scientists must have received. Upon hearing the stories of Oedipus and Hamlet, our eighth period English class reacted much like the scientists’ audience....   [tags: essays research papers] 617 words
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The Evolution of Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and Desire Under the Elms - The Evolution of Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and Desire Under the Elms There are many genres of literature. Because of the age of this genre, it stands to reason that many variations have occurred throughout the years to make it reflect that time period. The genre of tragedy tends to be considered great because it occurs during great periods of history, it is about great men, and it is written by great writers.> The evolution of tragedy and the characteristics of tragedy are exemplified in the comparison of Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and Desire Under the Elms....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1411 words
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tragoed The Changing Tragedy of Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and Desire under the Elms - The Changing Tragedy of Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and Desire under the Elms Tragedy can easily be considered the greatest of all genres due to the fact that it has withstood the test of time. Formally, tragedy employs something more complex than other genres. It is not part of a life full of happy endings. It is part of a bigger system of things. It is part of who we are. Perhaps tragedy is simply the art that truly imitates life.> Historically speaking, the great rises of tragedy have occurred during times of exceptional affluence....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 890 words
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tragoed Metamorphosis of the Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and Desire Under the Elms - Metamorphosis of the Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, and Desire Under the Elms Tragedy is considered by many to be the greatest of the genres. Often something goes wrong and exposes something great. Characters generally have more depth as evidenced by Hamlet. Tragedy shows up in the great periods of history: Classical Greece, Renaissance, and the early 20th century. It is a far more complex genre than comedy or romance. It teaches people to think since the storylines never have a simple answer or resolution....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 745 words
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Comparison Of Oedipus The King vs. Hamlet vs. Waiting For Godot - Some of the first forms of drama come from ancient Greece. Oedipus the King by Sophocles is a great example of ancient Greek tragedy, Hamlet by Shakespeare is the example of drama of Elizabethan period and Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot represents the drama of the 20th century and belongs to so called. Theatre of the Absurd. Because all these dramas come from different period of time, it's natural that they differ from each other in many aspects. The Greek tragedy has unity of time, place and action, since it takes place all in one day, happens in a single scene, and develops only one plot....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1020 words
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Oedipus: Victim of Fate or He Deserves What He Got? - Fate is the development of events beyond a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. It is a very common theme used in literature. We’ve seen examples from stories such as: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Iliad. We’ve been reading Oedipus the King written by Sophocles. My main thesis that I would be talking about is if: Oedipus was actually a victim of fate, or did he deserve what he got. In my opinion, Oedipus does not deserve what he got and is a victim of fate. This is because all his actions were unintentional....   [tags: Oedipus, fate, ] 530 words
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Literary Criticisms of Shakespeare’s Hamlet - This essay will discuss several literary criticisms of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. After skimming through several articles, I ended up with four peer-reviewed journal articles, each a different critical perspectives of the play: feminist, psychoanalytical/freudian, moral, and new historicism. My previous studies of Hamlet, as well as my rereading of the play this semester, has collectively given me a general knowledge of the text. My familiarity of the play made it easier for me to decipher the academic journals and see the connections each critic made with the play....   [tags: Hamlet Essays]
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Hamlet Character Analysis - William Shakespeare's “Hamlet” is one of the most tragic plays ever written. It is about a young prince trying to keep his word to his dead father by avenging his death. Hamlet procrastinates when avenging his father’s death, which is his tragic flaw. Hamlet appears to be a coward as well as depressed. He finds himself questioning his own ambitious motives such as revenge and hatred toward his murderous uncle. Hamlet tells Horatio, his friend that he is going to fake madness as he loses his determination....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare]
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Use of Guilt and Madness in Macbeth and Hamlet - Throughout Shakespeare’s greatest works there is the ever present use of guilt and madness to add depth to characters, further drama and plot and sometimes to even lengthen the work itself. From Hamlet’s constant struggle to murder his incestuous uncle to Macbeth’s sudden ability to see ghostly blood-covered daggers, it is clear to see that Shakespeare has a method to his madness. Shakespeare uses guilt as a sort of net for the humanity of his characters. Throughout Macbeth and Hamlet shakes’ characters do some deplorable things and the easiest way to help the audience stay in favor of a major character is to have them feel bad about said acts....   [tags: Macbeth and Hamlet Essays]
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Free Hamlet Essays: Hamlet's Numerous Problems - Hamlet's Numerous Problems Hamlet's problem is not exact; it cannot be pinpointed. In fact, Hamlet has numerous problems that contribute to his dilemma. The first of these problems is the appearance of King Hamlet's ghost to his son, Hamlet. Hamlet's morality adds a great deal to his delay in murdering the current king, Claudius. One of Hamlet's biggest drawbacks is that he tends to think things out too much. Hamlet does not act on instinct; however, he makes certain that every action is premeditated....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays] 1059 words
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Free Hamlet Essays: Hamlet's Inability to Take Action - Hamlet's Inability to Take Action "To be, or not to be, that is the question."(Hamlet) This is the question that plagues Hamlet through the entire play. Should I live or should I die, should I take revenge for my father's death. These are all issues that Hamlet battles within himself. Hamlet's indecision is followed by inaction. The reason for this struggle with indecision can be based on many factors or on a combination of a few. As illustrated through his speeches and soliloquies Hamlet has the mind of a true thinker....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays] 593 words
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No Oedipal Complex Found in Hamlet - No Oedipal Complex Found in Hamlet Some scholars have interpreted Hamlet's actions throughout Hamlet to be the Oedipus complex. According to the story of Oedipus, Laius, his father, learned from an oracle that Oedipus would kill him. Laius then left his son to die on a mountain, where he was found and raised by the King of Corinth. Oedipus was also told that he would someday kill his own father, and fled Corinth because he believed that the King of Corinth was his real father. On Oedipus's journey, he passes Laius on the road, they argue and Oedipus kills Laius, without even knowing Laius was his true father....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet] 1143 words
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Free Hamlet Essays: No Tragic Flaw in Hamlet - No Tragic Flaw in Hamlet It was my observation after reading Hamlet, that the play and its main character are not typical examples of tragedy and contain a questionable "tragic flaw" in the tragic hero. I chose this topic because Hamlet is a tragedy, but one that is very different from classical tragedies such as Medea. I also found quite a lot of controversial debate over the play and its leading character. While reading through my notes, I found that, according to Aristotle, "the tragic hero will most effectively evoke both our pity and terror if he is neither thoroughly good nor evil but a mixture of both; and also that the tragic effect will be stronger if the hero is better tha...   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays] 760 words
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Looking Below the Surface of Hamlet -      The mystery of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a phantom that has haunted students throughout the centuries. Hamlet is a complete enigma; a puzzle students have tried to piece together since his introduction into the school curriculum. Throughout the course of Hamlet, the student is constantly striving to rationalize Hamlet’s odd behavior, through the play’s written text. In doing so, many students mistakenly draw their conclusions based on the surface content of Hamlet’s statements and actions. When drawing into question Hamlet’s actions as well as his reasons for acting, many assume that Hamlet himself is fully aware of his own motives....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Freudian Perspectives of Shakespeare's Hamlet - Freudian Perspectives of Hamlet                    The term consciousness refers to "one’s awareness of internal and external stimuli. The unconscious contains thoughts, memories, and desires that are well below the surface of awareness but that nonetheless exert great influence on behavior."(Weiten) The core of the Freudian perspective is centered around Hamlet’s relationship with his mother, and the relationship of Hamlet and King Claudius. According to the Freudian view, Hamlet is driven by unconscious sexual desire and aggravation....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Hamlet as Victim and Hero - Hamlet as Victim and Hero      Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Shakespearean tragedy, tells the story of Prince Hamlet, who gained the knowledge of a terrible incident that his kingdom had suffered. Claudius, the king of Denmark and Hamlet's uncle, had killed his own brother, the king, who was also the father of Hamlet, and married his brother's widow. Hamlet suffered these traumas to a severe degree, and his only relief was to defeat his human weaknesses and correct the wrongs created by his uncle....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Women in Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Women in Shakespeare’s Hamlet Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. In this essay I will look at Hamlets perception of women in general but particularly Gertrude and Ophelia. I will also look at the historical presentation of women, comparing Hamlets time to today and seeing if the symbolic role that the females characters have is related to the period. Also I will look at Hamlets madness, whether it was real or not and also whether women could be the cause of it. Finally I will look at a possible ‘Oedipus complex’ in Hamlet....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Females Essays] 1162 words
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Indecision, Hesitation and Delay in Shakespeare's Hamlet -    Admonished by the ghost of his poisoned father, troubled by the stench of a kingdom in decline, outraged by his queen mother's incestuous liaison, why did Hamlet wait so long to act decisively?  Theories abound. Hamlet had an Oedipus complex. Hamlet was mad rather than merely pretending to be. Hamlet was an intellectual pansy. Hamlet was an existentialist. Etc. T. S. Eliot went so far as to say that the play itself was flawed, Hamlet's Problem actually the author's own, insoluble.  I believe that the Problem is actually ours....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet has been praised and revered for centuries as one of William Shakespeare's best known and most popular tragedies. Based on its popularity, critics alike have taken various viewpoints and theories in order to explain Hamlet's actions throughout the play. The psychoanalytic point of view is one of the most famous positions taken on Hamlet.            Psychoanalytic criticism is a type of literary criticism that analyzes and classifies many of the forms of psychoanalysis in the interpretation of literature....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Indecision, Hesitation and Delay in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Needless Delay? - Hamlet's Delay The question of why Hamlet delays in taking revenge on Claudius for so long has puzzled readers and audience members alike. Immediately following Hamlet's conversation with the Ghost, he seems determined to fulfill the Ghost's wishes and swears his companions to secrecy about what has occurred. The next appearance of Hamlet in the play reveals that he has not yet revenged his father's murder. In Scene two, act two, Hamlet gives a possible reason for his hesitation. "The spirit that I have seen / May be a devil, and the devil hath power / T' assume a pleasing shape" (2.2.627-629)....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays] 684 words
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Hamlet's Procrastination - "To be or not to be", is Hamlet's most famous quotation. Hamlet is the protagonist of Shakespeare's. His father, king Hamlet, killed by his own brother, Claudius, then Claudius marries king Hamlet's wife, Gertrude, and won the kingship. Prince Hamlet who suffers from Oedipal Complex, felling in love with his own mother and considering father as a rival to his love, can't make his mind whether to kill his uncle and take his father's revenge or not. And ask this question from himself, because in one hand he knows that if he kill Claudius, his companions will kill him, in other hand his father's ghost appears to him and ask him to kill Claudius....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet] 635 words
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The Poetics of Oedipus and Dana Marschz - Creon, in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, declares to Oedipus that his "power ends; none of [his] power follows [him] through life." (Fagles, 652:1677-8) This edict communicates the transience of mortal abilities, and the hubris of those mortals. In the 2008 film Hamlet 2, Dana Marschz perceives himself as an excellent writer producing the work that will "save Drama" (Hamlet 2, 00:27:58-28:00), which the community loathes for its mediocrity rather than celebrates for its merits. Comparison of the two works demonstrates an erosion of the tragic genre in modern works....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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To What Extent are ‘Othello’ and 'Oedipus Rex' Perfect Examples of Tragedy - ‘Othello’ was written between 1601 and 1603. It was first performed in the Elizabethan courts during the Christmas season. The idea of a ‘perfect’ tragedy is the idea that the tragedy is faultless; it does what is expected; so makes the audience feel empathy and sympathy for the characters who suffer. There are two different types of tragedy: classical tragedy and Shakespearean tragedy. The tragic hero in this play is the main character, Othello. Othello's misfortune comes about because of his jealousy, trust, and his pride....   [tags: Othello, Tragedy, shakespeare, theatre, Oedipus Re] 1157 words
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The Illusion of Oedipus Rex - Oedipus portrays a tragic protagonist absorbed in a web of illusion that he believes to be real. Oedipus sincerely believes that his life is reality and that he is the son of King Polybus, the King of Thebes, and the husband of Queen Jocasta. However, what Oedipus does not grasp is that he fulfilled the prophecy the gods sent for him. "How dreadful knowledge of truth can be when there is no help in truth. I knew this well but did not act on it; else I should not have come" (Line 101). Tiresias admits his grief to Oedipus and tells him that it is his job to tell the truth....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Revenge and Vengeance in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Vengeance in Hamlet - Vengeance in Hamlet     With Outline       Time and time again, we as a complex society have recognized in many pieces of great literature the idea of man and revenge. Throughout history, the idea of vengeance has destroyed large communities, populations and entire civilizations. The problem with man and revenge is that one may be side-tracted of  why or whom he is avenging. This similar idea is conveyed in the theme of Shakespear's Hamlet ,  "Vengeance can confuse a man's mind and soul to the point where he may not be sure of whom he is really avenging." Shakespear uses foils in this play to allow us readers to understand Hamlet as a man and why and whom he is really avenging....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet] 1146 words
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The Superego and Hamlet - ... Had Hamlet accepted Ophelia’s love though, the rest of the plot would have been neutralized, and the many tragic events that unfold would have never happened. It’s important to note how crucial the role of Eros and its rejection played within Hamlet; because with the aid of Ophelia’s love, Hamlet could have gone through the healing processes of mourning his father, rather he gave into the superego. “The superegos function is to induce guilt and to repress…These internal processes are externalized and dramatized in the soliloquies, where the thought is frequently revengeful, sadistic and self-destructive....   [tags: psychological analysis, Shakespeare]
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The Tragic Hero of Hamlet - The Tragic Hero of Hamlet   Shakespeare's play, Hamlet illustrates the tragedy of a young prince's pursuit to obtain revenge for a corrupt act, the murder of his father.   As the exposition unfolds, we find Prince Hamlet struggling with internal conflict over who and what was behind his father's death.  His struggle continues as he awaits the mystic appearance of a ghost who is reported to resemble his father.  Suddenly it appears, proclaiming, "Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing / To what I shall unfold" (1.5.5-6).  The ghost continues to speak providing an important clue: "The serpent that did sting thy father's life / Now wears his crown" (1.5.38-39).  In short, this passage rev...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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A Christian Reading of Hamlet - A Christian Reading of Hamlet      In a famous article, "The Christian Tragic Hero," Poet W. H. Auden defines a Christian tragic hero according to the Judeo-Christian view that all people are moral agents and own responsibility for their actions. One of his examples is Macbeth, who listens to the witches and is tempted to commit a crime that he knows is wrong. Auden says that the audience's response to Macbeth's fall is, "What a pity it was this way when it might have been otherwise." This contrasts with the pagan tragic hero, like Oedipus, who is bound by fate....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Indecision, Hesitation and Delay in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet's Delay In Killing Claudius - Hamlet: Theories Of Hamlet's Delay In Killing Claudius There are several theories about why Hamlet, the main character of Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet, delays in killing his Uncle, King Claudius. As the son of a murdered noble, Hamlet is obligated to avenge the death of his father. However, the act is never performed until the end of the play... quite some time after Hamlet discovered Claudius was his father's killer. Some historians and literary experts would say Hamlet's strong religious bonds prevented him from performing the sinful deed....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 809 words
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Analysis of Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s epic revenge tragedy, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the titular character Hamlet is plagued by indecision and delay, which ultimately causes his own downfall. After the opening Act, in which Hamlet is charged with the revenging the murder of his father, the late King Hamlet, Hamlet delays in carrying out the deed against his uncle, Claudius, who assumed the throne after committing regicide. Critics over the years have developed six distinct theories that seek to explain the reason behind Hamlet’s delay: He is believed to have been the victim of circumstances beyond his control; Hamlet’s philosophical nature creates a passive negative personality complex....   [tags: Character Behavior, Psychology] 2008 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Both a Sane and Insane Hamlet - Sane or Insane Hamlet: Support for both Positions Shakespeare's tragic hero, Hamlet, and his sanity can arguably be discussed. Many portions of the play supports his loss of control in his actions, while other parts uphold his ability of dramatic art. The issue can be discussed both ways and altogether provide significant support to either theory. There are indications from Hamlet throughout the play of his mind's well being. Hamlet's antic disposition may have caused him in certain times that he is in a roleplay....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet] 924 words
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Hamlets Oedipus Complex - Various works of literature contain characters who embody the elements of the classic Oedipus Complex, that of a son with an undue and unhealthy attachment to his mother. D.H Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, along with other early modernist works, shows how a son’s bond to his mother can lead to that character’s major downfall. Even earlier than works of the late 19th Century does the Oedipus Complex appear, in this case, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Shakespeare’s play about the Prince of Denmark shows the beginning of an Oedipal Complex, with Hamlet’s jealousy of his uncle Claudius for marrying his mother Gertrude and the rage that H...   [tags: essays research papers] 1187 words
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Sigmund Freud's Oedipus Complex - Oedipus Complex "It is the fate of all of us, perhaps, to direct our first sexual impulse towards our mother and our first hatred and our first murderous wish against our father." - Sigmund Freud(Clark, 122) The Oedipus conflict or complex is a concept developed by Sigmund Freud to explain the origin of certain psychological disorders in childhood. It is defined as a child's unconscious desire for the exclusive love of the parent of the opposite sex. This desire includes jealousy toward the parent of the same sex and the unconscious wish for that parent's death....   [tags: essays research papers]
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Hamlet, A Rational Thinker - “To be or not to be, that is the question,” the quote claimed by Shakespeare seems to have revolutionized the way people thought in the 17th century. After the death of his father, the king, Prince Hamlet takes up a vulnerable role in the text. Not only does Hamlet face the challenges of society by no longer having a father role and giving up his position to inherit the throne, but he also finds himself trapped at a loss of willpower when it comes to avenging himself for what Claudius has done....   [tags: Claudius, Gertrude Shakespeare] 948 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet in Film - In order to define a good movie one must judge based on the facts which lie in the storyline and must be unaffected by one’s bias towards the actors. Along with judging a movie one must use the proper criteria to evaluate a movie, some of which are storyline, setting, costumes and especially in the case where a book is re-created into a film, it’s veracity with the original text. Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 version of Hamlet however, greatly differs from that of Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 adaptation. While the two directors make many great changes with regards to the original text of the play, the other remains very true to the play, quoting Shakespeare’s words, word for word....   [tags: movie review, bias, compare and contrast] 936 words
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Psychology Probe of Hamlet - Psychology Probe of Hamlet The tragic vision of Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, is one of his most notable plays of all time. The play focuses on the protagonist, Hamlet, who experiences a mixture of emotions after the death of his father, King Hamlet, and the remarriage of his mother, Gertrude. Throughout the play, the unconscious retains the unpleasant emotions in Hamlet’s mind, playing as a role of defence against the internal conflicts. Neglecting emotional aspects in various situations, Hamlet analyzes the pain and rationalizes unpleasant feelings....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Hamlet's Fatal Flaw - Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an interesting play in many ways. The character Hamlet is particularly intriguing in regards to his fatal flaw. Hamlet’s fatal flaw is a specific trait that forces him to postpone killing the king and it is this trait that drives Hamlet mad (Shakespeare 1.4.23-38). This Shakespearean tragedy is open to many interpretations of Hamlet’s fatal flaw. Two recent film productions of the play, Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet and the Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, each show a different fatal flaw in Hamlet....   [tags: Shakespeare, tragedy, Branaugh, Zeffirelli]
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Hamlet - The Struggle Between Mother and Son - In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it appears that something is amiss in the State of Denmark as the protagonist, Hamlet, is approached by the ghost of the deceased King Hamlet. During this encounter, Hamlet discovers vital information about the king’s brother, Claudius, who married the king’s widow, Queen Gertrude. With this information kept in mind, the Ghost advises Hamlet to kill King Claudius, while protecting his mother, in order for the old King Hamlet to escape purgatory. Nonetheless, throughout the play Hamlet’s vendetta is continuously prolonged due to the Oedipus Complex created by Sigmund Freud which states, “in the young male, the Oedipus conflict stems from his natural love for h...   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Hamlet's Internal Conflict - Love is a bond two people share connected by emotions. When you love a person, it may or may not be attached with conditions. To be in love with another human being is a deeper union connected by strong passion linked to certain stipulations or understood promises. Some of these stipulations or conditions may include; loyalty, honesty, trustworthiness and wholehearted commitment. If those promises are broken, the devastation can spin your life and state of mind out of control. Being in love with one of your parents, strange as is may sound, may not be so far fetched....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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The Many Identities of Hamlet in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - The Many Identities of Hamlet in Hamlet by William Shakespeare In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the protagonist, Price Hamlet, uses several ways to defend himself against his oedipal desires, his animosity towards his uncle, as well as his own inner conflict . Hamlet's hatred towards Claudius stems from two crimes committed; Claudius' murder of his brother and his incest with Hamlet's mother. Because of the seriousness of both crimes, as well as the fact that both persons affected are closely related, there is evidence of an interrelation between both of the crimes; which can further explains Hamlet's reaction....   [tags: Papers] 684 words
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King Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Winston Churchill once said “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” Throughout the story of Oedipus Rex we see continuing theme of sight and blindness, not only in a physical aspect but in a more universal theme of trying to see and navigate one’s own destiny. King Oedipus Rex is a man that has be told of his future of killing his father and sleeping with his mother. In “seeing” this he makes an attempt to change what he thinks is true, when in reality he knows nothing and his blindness to this inevitably succumbs him to what is foretold....   [tags: blindness, knowledge, mother fixation]
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Ignorance is Not Bliss in William Shakespeare´s Hamlet and Sophocles - Many people believe that ignorance is bliss. There is a mentality that exists, where the truths are better off unknown and another where the truth is ignored completely. This is certainly true in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Sophocles’’ Oedipus. Jocasta and Gertrude both choose to ignore reality, and therefore blind themselves from the truth before them. As a result of her intentional ignorance, Jocasta severely damages her relationship with Oedipus and her reputation, whereas Gertrude’s ignorance merely causes mild, repairable damage to her relationship with her son and her reputation....   [tags: blindness, truth, foolish] 1442 words
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Revenge in Hamlet and The Revenger's Tragedy -     In this study of revenge and revengers in two Elizabethan revenge tragedies the two plays I shall look at are Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, and The Revenger's Tragedy, by Thomas Middleton. I shall look first at the playwrights' handling of the characters of the revengers, and then at the treatment of the revengers by other characters in the plays. Although having similarities in their underlying themes, and in their adherence to conventions, these two plays present contrasting pictures of the figure of the revenger; Hamlet offering a far more complex treatment of its main character, and The Revenger's Tragedy appearing, in comparison, limited by the author's social message, and lacking...   [tags: Elizabethan Revenge Tragedies]
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A Tragic Showdown Macbeth vs Oedipus? - ... Does Oedipus’s dignity really lie in just finding and punishing Laius’s killer. Oedipus gains his personal dignity when he carries out his promise and punishes himself. Now what about Macbeth. At first he doesn’t believe the prophecy of the three sisters of him becoming Thane of Cawdor and then king. But when King Duncan knights him as the Thane of Cawdor we see a new change in him. The sisters’ words have gotten to Macbeth. When King Duncan comes to with his sons to Macbeth’s castle to have dinner, Macbeth does the unthinkable....   [tags: killer, punish, dignity]
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Two Sides of Hamlet - Two Sides of Hamlet Hamlets confrontation with Gertrude leaves her questioning her son’s sanity. This is because she attests to him talking to thin air, which he claims was his father’s ghost (3,4). It seems like Gertrude has every right to think Hamlet is mad. Her judgement is also fuelled by Polonius’ murder. Hamlet did not know that Polonius was the spy behind the curtains ‘how now, a rat?’ (3,4,24)....   [tags: Papers] 758 words
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