No two Individuals are alike, regardless of similar upbringing. It is reasonable to assume that even twins brought up In exactly the same environment, sharing the same dally actively, and living practically the same life, will act differently when faced with the same situation. Each Individual evolves with his or her own uniqueness, style, and way of life. The audience witnesses this phenomenon in Shakespearean Hamlet. Lord Hamlet and Alerts experienced similar childhoods, and shared similar family attributes. They were both born into royalty and throughout their lives were treated as such.
Hamlet and Alerts were reared with the same forms of schooling, and were taught to abide by the same ethics and morals. Although Hamlet and Alerts seem to be “twined” with regard to family, royalty, and school, it is evident to the audience how such environmentally similar people can react so differently when faced with comparable situations. One such example arises when Hamlet and Alerts are consumed by a very basic human characteristic, that of revenge. Hamlet and Alerts, although very salary In most respects, differ In that Alerts Is driven by passion and Hamlet Is driven by reason.
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Shakespeare exposes to his audience the similarities between Hamlet and Alerts in various instances throughout the play. It is known to the reader that Hamlet and Alerts are both sons of royalty, Hamlet being the son of the former true king of Denmark, King Hamlet, and Alerts being the son of the trusted counselor to the king, Polonium. The reader is able to deduce from the manner of both families, that although they differ, they live very similar lives, and their sons Hamlet and Alerts are quite alike. For example, Hamlet and Alerts have a unique similar respect for their fathers.
In one Instance, in Hamlet’s first soliloquy, he proclaims respect towards his father In saying that he was an excellent king, Like the glorious sun god of classical mythology, and that he is so loving to his wife, Gertrude. “Hamlet: So excellent a king, that was to this Hyperfine to a satyr, so loving to my mother that he might not better the winds of heaven evils her face too roughly. ” (Shakespeare 14) As well, although Alerts does not know who killed his father, out of respect for him, he swears he will have his vengeance regardless of what will happen to him in this world or the next.
Alerts: To this point I stand, that both the worlds I give to negligence, let come what comes, only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father. ” (Shakespeare 1 18) From here, the audience observes how similarly Hamlet and Alerts each have great respect for their fathers. Another comparison to the seemingly similar manor of Hamlet and Alerts Is that of the admirable mutual respect they have for each other, even throughout the twisted murders and losses of their loved ones. Hamlet and Alerts are on the verge of fighting a duel, a duel whose final purpose Is hidden from Hamlet.
Finally to Hamlets Simms he learns that the hidden purpose of the duel was for Alerts to exact antic disposition and publicly apologizes to Alerts for the deaths of Polonium and his sister, Aphelia. With that Alerts replies he has forgiven Hamlet but in order to save his honor and the honor of his house he must continue with the duel. Hamlet accepts graciously: Hamlet … Sir, in this audience, Let my disclaiming from a purposed evil Free me so far in your most generous thoughts That I have shot my arrow o’er the house And hurt my brother. Alerts I am satisfied in nature, Whose motive in this case should stir me most
To my revenge; but in my terms of honor I stand aloof, and will no reconcilement Till by some elder masters of known honor I have a voice and precedent of peace To keep my name nudged. But till that time I do receive your offered love like love And will not wrong it. I embrace it freely, And will this brothers’ wager frankly play. – Give us the foils. With all the similarities between Hamlet and Alerts displayed throughout the play there is an obvious dissimilarity between them; the way they react when they are faced with the uneasy task of revenge.
It is evident that Hamlet’s character and tauter, which leads to his action of revenge, is that based on reason, while Learner’s form of revenge is that based on passion and impulse. When Hamlet’s father appeared to him in the form of a ghost claiming the current king, Claudia, Hamlets uncle, had murdered him; Hamlet did not heed the information and obtain his revenge right away. Hamlet’s reaction was that of a wise methodical individual.
It took Hamlet some time to convince himself that the ghost truly was a good spirit of his father, relaying truthful words in order that his soul may rest in peace, and even then Hamlet still wanted more proof. Only until Hamlet was certain and had confirmation of Classis’s guilt was he ready to take action. The reader sees how Hamlet finds his final convincing piece of verification through a conversation Hamlet has with his good friend Horopito: … There is a play tonight before the king: One scene of it comes near the circumstance Which I have told thee of my father’s death.
I private, when thou sets that act afoot, Even with the very comment of thy soul Observe my uncle. If his occluded guilt Do not itself kneeled in one speech, It is a dammed ghost that we have seen, And my imaginations are as foul As Volcano’s stitch, give him heedful note; For I mine eyes will rivet to his face, And after we will both our Judgments Join (Shakespeare 75) Throughout the scene Hamlet added in the play, which was re-enacting the death of his father, Hamlet and Horopito were able to confirm the truth relayed by ghost of his father and reveal the guilt of Claudia.
Up until this point Hamlet was experiencing moral struggles and doubts. Hamlet wanted to be absolutely certain Claudia was the murderer of his dear father before any more blood was spilt. In order for Hamlet o be absolutely certain it took reason and evidence of Classis’s guilt to allow himself to avenge his father. Conversely, Alerts did not need the degree of evidence in order to avenge his father and sisters death. Even without knowing the one responsible for either, Alerts is quick to promise revenge. Alerts: And so have I a noble father lost, a sister driven into desperate terms, whose worth, if praises may go back again, stood challenger on mount of all the age for her perfections. But my revenge will come. ” (Shakespeare 123) Despite Alerts limited knowledge of what truly happened to his father and sister, he, passionately, is quick to swear revenge regardless of the consequences. Shakespeare has revealed to the audience that the revenge they wish to exact is driven by passion in the case of Alerts and reason in the case of Hamlet.
Shakespearean approach to this was to reveal to the audience how Hamlet and Alerts were similar. He accomplished this through discussing and illustrating the similarities between family, childhood, and royalty as well as showing the similar admiration and respect they had towards their fathers, seen through Hamlets kind admirable words towards the late King Hamlet, and Learner’s hastiness to avenge his ethers death and sisters madness regardless of what he may suffer.
Furthermore, Shakespeare expresses the mutual respect between Hamlet and Alerts as seen in the opening of the duel and the exchange of sincere heartfelt words. While Shakespeare made Hamlet and Learner’s similarities known to the reader he also illustrated their differences when faced with a difficult situation. Shakespeare was able to do this through expressing to the reader how Hamlet was able to control his primal urge of revenge through rational, and Learner’s uncontrollable desire to avenge motivated by passion and love. With life comes experience.
Every moment one lives, is a lesson, a lesson on how to act and react in every situation. Individuals can be reared with similar parenting, family and school environment, and still react quite differently under the same set of circumstances. When one is faced with a situation so extreme as avenging a loved ones death, it is impossible and wrong to say that another would have done the same in that situation. The challenges of life are what guide one to the next level; no two challenges are ever the same, no matter how similar they may be.