Annotated Bibliography: Loss of a Loved One and Revenge
This paper will focus on Shakespeare's tragic play, Hamlet, and Aeschylus' tragic play, The Oresteia. comparing the two plays and their themes of revenge. The main texts I will be using will be the plays themselves, Hamlet and The Oresteia, as wells as additional books and journals listed below. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play, and it deals with Hamlet devotion to avenging his father’s death and unveiling the identity of his killer. The Oresteia is the only ancient Greek trilogy to survive and is about the downfall of the house of Atreus, which includes many revenge murders. My paper will focus on the theme of revenge and comparing in between a Greek play and an Elizabethan/Shakespearean…show more content… Oresteia. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
“Hamlet.” Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, by Andrew C. Bradley, 3rd ed., MacMillan, 1992, pp. 89–174.
This book contains insights on multiple Shakespearean tragedies. However, for the purposes of this paper, focus will be specific to the section on Hamlet, as it has valuable information on the character of Hamlet. This will be useful in helping to identify similarities between the two plays by examining the characters prevailing thoughts and struggles. Through examination of the chapter titled "Hamlet" as well as the previous chapter titled "Shakespeare's Tragic Period – Hamlet". These two chapters will be able to identify the revenge plot and details.
“Revenge.” The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide, by Victor L. Cahn, Greenwood Press, 2000, pp. 305–314.
This book gives a quick recap of major events and discusses possible or plausible reasons behind some of the characters action's. It also asks questions, such as whether Hamlet is emotionally stable to receive messages from his dead father? This text also dwells on the revenge theme which is needed to back up my thesis statement, but only in one certain chapter titled