Thesis: Theme of Revenge Within a Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Hamlet

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Hamlet Santiago

A Dialogue between Santiago and Hamlet Expanded

In the following dialogue, I will attempt to illuminate how the themes of revenge are explored in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and how they influence the plots of these works. To do so, I will construct a dialogue between the ghosts of Hamlet and Santiago Nasar, both of whom die at the end of their respective texts. The difference in their perspectives -- Hamlet is carrying out a plot of revenge throughout much of the play, whereas Santiago is the unwitting victim of a misplaced revenge -- as well as the other stylistic and contextual differences in these works should allow for a wide-ranging examination of the issue of revenge.

The Dialogue

Hamlet: To be, or not to be, that is question. Whether tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows

Santiago: Noble? There's nothing noble about suffering. Especially when it comes to suffering from arrows. Well, knives, at least -- I don't have any real experience with arrows -- but sharp things generally hurt. Ignobly.

Ham: Pardon? I didn't realize I'd left the door open...

San: But really, you think there's anything noble in death? In suffering?

Ham: When there is a noble cause behind it. When one dies as a martyr...or kills from revenge, than those are noble deaths. There is a purpose -- an attempt to correct a wrong in the world -- to these deaths, and this purpose is noble.

San: But what if that purpose is wrong? I mean, death isn't something that can be undone. Once we have shuffled off this mortal coil...

Ham: There are certain wrongs that demand redress, even if the guilt is uncertain.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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