Comparing Shakespeare's Hamlet And Orestes And Hamlet: Vengeance

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Orestes and Hamlet: Vengeance Hamlet and Orestes had duties on avenging their fathers. However whose vengeance was more rightfully so? By explaining the backstories and comparing Hamlet and Orestes we will conclude whose vengeance was more acceptable. Excerpts from Earl Showerman, a Shakespearean expert and excerpts from Aeschylus The Oresteia and Shakespeare's Hamlet will support who was more justified in avenging their father. Going over the characters stories is important in deciding on whose vengeance is more justified. First events in The Oresteia, in Agamemnon, Orestes father, Agamemnon was killed by his wife Clytemnestra and her new lover Aegisthus. The reason Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter, Iphigenia, was to help himself and troops…show more content…
Hamlet promises to avenge his father, but takes a long time to do so because he want Claudius to be acting guilty so he goes to hell. Claudius and Gertrude believe that Hamlet is acting strangely and asks his friends to watch him. Soon, a group of actors who are traveling come to Elsinore, Hamlet uses them to try make Claudius guilty. When the actors do the play they do make Claudius leave the room, Hamlet follows him to kill him but he sees him praying and believes that it is not the right time. Hamlet meets with his mother, who is in the room with Polonius. Polonius hides, Hamlet then kills him believing he was Claudius. Claudius notices that Hamlet is acting different and wants to send him England and will have him killed as soon as he get there. Polonius son Laertes hears the news and returns to Denmark from France, Laertes and Claudius meet and plan to kill Hamlet with poison. Laertes will challenge Hamlet to a duel and fight with a poisoned blade. While Claudius will give a poisoned drink every time Hamlets wins a round. The fight happens and Hamlet

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