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Desperate Measures - A Comparison between Hamlet and Down the River.

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Desperate Minds Think Alike Comparison between Hamlet and ?Down the River? Avery James Caron Mr. Finner April, Friday 13th, 2012 ENG4U ?The man who seeks revenge digs two graves.?(Ken Kesey) Hamlet and ?Down the River? demonstrates the aftermath of murder and displays the different versions of revenge. Throughout both stories two characters were murdered without just cause, furthermore; the death is seemingly innocent to the general public. Both stories demonstrate the need for revenge; in Hamlet, the main character plays out a methodical, syncytial plan for vengeance. On the contrary, in ?Down the River?, the brother makes a quick decision to murder the man at fault. Lastly, both characters deal with the aftermath of murder in a similar manner. Hamlet shows that he feels no remorse for murdering the king, and even belittles him as he is dying. Comparably, the brother also feels no remorse and even begins to plot his next murder for the other person involved. Overall both characters demonstrate an ability to persist with their plans, and act accordingly. Both story lines possess the same act of betrayal to a family member, without a just cause. ...read more.


The main characters deal with the struggle of revenge in two very different ways. One plan of action is thought out and methodical whereas the other is rash and quick. However, both end with the same result. In Hamlet, once he hears of how his father truly died, Hamlet begins to form a plan in order to kill the new king and regain his father?s delegacy. Throughout the entire play Hamlet struggles with planning out his next move and his is constantly thinking of how he will prove that Claudius killed his father. Hamlet decides to put on a performance and from there he will judge Claudius?s reaction to the taboo events in the play. ?For I mine eyes will rivet to his face, /And after we will both our judgments join /In censure of his seeming.? (III, ii, 85-87) These lines mean that Hamlet will observe Claudius and dependent on his reaction to the modified play will alter his decision to murder him or not. However, Hamlet is not a man of action, and its takes him a long time to decide how to handle the situation. ...read more.


In these lines the brother shows how he does not regret his decision and allows it to remain a secret, without cracking under the pressure. Afterwards, the bother states ?I?ve been thinking Wilsons cousin, better find a place to hind? (Down the River) this line is insinuating that the brother has a new plan to kill Wilson?s cousin as well because he was a part of Walters murder. Both characters demonstrate that they executed there plans effectively, and therefore have no regret in doing so. In conclusion, Hamlet and the Brother share common grounds while dealing with murder. Both characters have a family member who has been murdered on no proper grounds, and with foul play behind them. However, there plot for revenge is what separates the two men, Hamlet uses intelligence and wit, and the brother uses instinct and rash decisions. The two reconnect when dealing with the aftermath of their killings. Both men appear to show no remorse for their actions, and are pleased that they carried through with their plan. Overall, this just proves that there is an ability to plot out evil actions in any type of mindset. ...read more.

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