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Hamlet vs The Bacchae

Hamlet and The Bacchae have many similarities and differences, in this paper, I
will discuss some of them, as well as the questions posed in class.Both of these
plays are tragedies, ending with a great number of the featured characters dying, or
First of all, I don't think that Hamlet took place in a godless universe.Of
course, the god in Hamlet, vs. the gods in The Bacchae are very different gods.In
Hamlet, God affects the decisions the characters make (e.g., Hamlet decides not to
kill Claudius while he's praying, because he believes God will forgive Claudius for
his sins, and not send him to hell), however he doesn't have a direct role.You have
no proof of a god in Hamlet, while in The Bacchae, the gods are the main
characters in the play, performing a good percentage of the action.Also, the
presence of the ghost means that in the world of Hamlet, there is an afterlife, but
since there are not more ghosts in the world, there must be some divine presence,
Continuing with the issue of the ghost, the presence of the ghost in the play
has many implications.First of all, the presence of the ghost may be an attempt to
satisfy the religious beliefs of both the Protestants and the Catholics, which both
would have been watching the plays during Shakespeare's time.The Protestants
do not believe in purgatory, so the ghost may be a way to explain the afterlife,
without offending either religion.The ghost also creates some confusion with
heaven and hell, because if the soul is in a ghost, then it means that it went neither
to heaven, nor hell.Yet, throughout the play, the characters often talk of both
heaven and hell, and the presence of the ghost doesn't change their belief in any
Another significant difference between the two plays, is the role of revenge,
and how it varies between god's revenge


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