The combination of distress and anger motivates Hamlet to avenge his father’s murder. The first thing that is learned in the play is that King Hamlet had recently died. As a result Hamlet felt an overwhelming melancholy. This is apparent in his soliloquies. He states, “How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable / seem to me all the uses of this world!” (1.2.133-134). Life to him is pointless and tiring. It’s been two months and he is still grieving to a point where it is not sane. This melancholy combined with the anger he felt with the remarriage of his mother to his uncle so quickly after his father’s funeral was a bad combination, but what pushed Hamlet over the edge was the encounter with the...
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... and his friendship with Joe began to end. The next act of revenge was when he actually killed Mrs. Nugent and as a result he got sent to “the garage” where he is sent into isolation and he does not get out.
The time periods and location for Hamlet and Francie are very different. Shakespeare’s play Hamlet written in the Elizabethan era was set in Denmark around the 1600s while McCabe’s The Butcher Boy was set in a town in Ireland around the 1960s. The difference in time makes a difference being that in the 1600s revenge especially within the family was seen as to be justifiable
McCabe, Patrick. The Butcher Boy. New York: Delta, 1992. Print.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet Prince of Denmark. Literature: An Introduction to
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