Comparing Betrayal In Sophocles Electra, And Modern

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MENIS story edited and written by Anne Scott Includes a mixture of stories from Sophocles’ Electra and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a story named Modern. Between all these stories there are many themes presented however only one can attract the attention of the reader. The theme that is very common would be Betrayal, it was portrayed in these stories many times and the theme is what triggered families to divide and decline in all the stories of Hamlet, Electra, and Modern. In the story of Hamlet by Shakespeare betrayal was consistent as most of the people in the play may have betrayed those who are close to them so that they can achieve their selfish needs. In Electra, the betrayal was displayed a couple of times throughout the story, first when…show more content…
Hamlet describes his hatred towards his mother when he said, “O, God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason, /would have mourn'd longer married with my/ uncle, My father's brother, but no /more like my father”. (Scott et al. 7). Furthermore, in the story betrayal was shown when hamlets talk to the ghost and discover that the ghost is father telling him that Claudius has killed him by poisoning him in the ear. The ghost tells Hamlet, “The will of my most seeming-virtuous/ queen: Sleeping within my orchard, /thy uncle stole, and in my ears did pour the distilment”. (10). This quote shows how Claudius betrayed his own family just to get the throne and rule the kingdom. Additionally, when Hamlet killed Polonius he thought it was a rat and he said to his mother Gertrude, “How now! a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead”. (33). Betrayal was shown when Gertrude lies to her husband about Hamlet not killing Polonius but killing an actual rat and this shows how Gertrude is willing to lie to the king about Polonius being murdered by Hamlet for her own

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