"Hamlet" and "King Lear"
Examines the dramatic impact of parent-child relationships on the development of ideas, action and the characters' fates in Shakespeare's plays.
# 14316 | 1,800 words | 5 sources | 1999 |
Published on Jul 21, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Shakespeare (Hamlet) , Shakespeare (King Lear)
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Examines the dramatic impact of parent-child relationships on the development of ideas, action and the characters' fates in Shakespeare's plays
From the Paper:"The purpose of this research is to examine the dramatic impact of the parent-child relationships in Hamlet and King Lear. The plan of the research will be to set forth the importance of these relationships to the pattern of ideas in each play and then to discuss the means by and extent to which parent-child interaction drives the action of and the fate of all the characters in each play.
The complex parent-child situation at home initiates and drives the action of Hamlet, and Hamlet is the hub of parent-child relationships with his mother, his new stepfather/uncle, and the ghost of his father. Hamlet's emotional ties have been turned upside down. He compares Uncle Claudius unfavorably to the elder Hamlet, "no more like my father / Than I to Hercules" (I.ii). He does not understand how Gertrude could forget memories of ..."
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