Frankenstein And Hamlet Comparison

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Revenge is a very strong and powerful theme found in stories across all ages and all cultures. During the course of this class two books have also held this theme, Shakespeare's Hamlet and Shelley's Frankenstein. Revenge seems to be such a large theme for both Hamlet and Frankenstein's monster because they both feel utterly betrayed by the people closest to them. In Hamlet, King Hamlet is murdered by his brother, his ghost reveals this to Prince Hamlet. This, along with how quickly his mother then married the murderous uncle, and at the request of his father's ghost sparks the thought of revenge in Prince Hamlet. Imagine the passionate feelings of betrayal associated with the loss of a father along with the lack of apparent mourning from everyone, including the widow. Despite these feelings, Prince Hamlet struggles with the thought of revenge, as evidenced by his inaction when he has the opportunity while Claudius appears to be praying and then again during his famous "to be or not to be" soliloquy. In the end revenge is served, doubly, as Prince Hamlet stabs Claudius with a poisoned sword and makes…show more content…
Neither story has a happy ending, despite the main characters getting the revenge desired. In both stories so many lives are lost, including the main characters of the stories. Even the creature, in Frankenstein, tells the body of Frankenstein that he will be dead soon and vows that he will never lay eyes on another human again. In conclusion, revenge is a passionate theme that many writers use in their stories. In both Hamlet and Frankenstein the thought of revenge is brought on by feelings of betrayal and both ultimately end in death, but not in the intended way. The result is death of innocent bystanders and loved ones, making revenge seem like a forest fire. One simple spark of the thought can destroy everything, the one who had the thought and everything around
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