Hamlet and Oedipus The King

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Although created centuries apart, the characters of Hamlet and Oedipus bring light to similar themes. Both of these tragic heroes are eminently consumed by the need to avenge the death of their father, primarily driven by their hamartia. However, they also differ in important areas, and it is these areas that reveal the most about what the plays say about hubris, relationships with family members and a person’s fate. When compared, we can see that these two tragic heroes differ in their relationship with their father and their mother; however, both of their differences are connected by one of their most defining qualities: their hubris. The first connection between Hamlet and Oedipus is each character’s relationship with his father. When the plays begin, both of their fathers are already dead. Granted, Oedipus does not know his father is dead, while Hamlet is feeling a great grief, which can lead us to believe that he was very close to his father. Although Oedipus is not aware that Laius, his father, is dead, he decides to seek vengeance anyways and says, “As if for my own father, I’ll fight for him, I’ll leave no means untried, to catch the one who did it with his hand” (Oedipus the King, lines 269-271). Similarly, when Hamlet finds out his father was killed by his uncle, he decides on the equivalent, remarking “That ever was I born to set it right!” (Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5, line 208). Albeit Oedipus lacks a relationship with his real father, and Hamlet shows that he was very close to his, both characters feel an instinctive sense of duty to avenge their fathers and a need to justify the injustice they felt was done to them. This shows that even though their relationships are completely different, their goal is the same. However, Oedipus is guilty of his father’s death, while Hamlet’s uncle is the guilty one, but this cannot be properly understood until one takes into consideration the relationship with their mothers. When we hear the name Oedipus, we often think of his disturbing relationship with his mother. The making of the Oedipus complex is perhaps one of the defining points of the play; although patricide was considered a great offense. The taboo in opposition towards incest often evokes a response like the one seen in Hamlet, which is a negative one. When the ghost of Hamlet’s father is speaking about his brother, he refers to him as “that incestuous,

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