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Shakespeare's Ideal Commitment
A look at William Shakespeare's idea of the ideal commitment as seen in "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet."
# 143415 | 1,750 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Shakespeare (Hamlet) , Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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This essay looks at the ideal commitment as it was conceived by William Shakespeare and presented in the two plays "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet." At first glance commitment appears to apply only to "Romeo and Juliet," but closer observation that the "Hamlet" involves much the same personal commitment in which reciprocity has a powerful role.

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"Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet focuses on the commitment of Romeo and Juliet to one another, makes them defy familial conventions, leading them to their deaths. At first glance, Hamlet appears entirely different, with Hamlet unraveling and dealing with fratricide and incest, then trying to revenge his father's murder. In both plays, however, Shakespeare resents an ideal commitment based on personal reciprocal loyalty. In Romeo and Juliet, the Prologue reveals the situation and discloses the conventional commitment: "two households . . . from ancient grudge" (Romeo and Juliet, Prol.1 & 3). The primary commitment in Romeo and Juliet is to..."

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