The Search for the Truth

Topics: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Hamlet / Pages: 8 (1831 words) / Published: Jul 19th, 2012
The Search for the Truth
Many individuals are deeply affected by the thought of death, in both foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Death can affect one even when they do not expect it to, causing them to search for answers. This is seen in both the plays Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, which are centralized on the death of the protagonists’ fathers’ through unknown circumstances. There are events throughout the plays which cause both Hamlet and Oedipus to focus on finding out the truth. Both protagonists have their individual methods, with which they try to build their path to success. Their approaches both lead to accomplishing their missions; however Hamlet’s method proves to be more efficient. This is through taking aid from the individuals around him and having a greater knowledge of the truth than Oedipus. Therefore, both Hamlet and Oedipus work hard in order to gain success in their missions, however in the end, Hamlet proves to be more successful than Oedipus.
As both protagonists begin their missions of seeking the truth, Hamlet immediately takes aid from the individuals around him whereas Oedipus refuses to do so, making Hamlet more successful. Through accepting the help of King Hamlet’s ghost, Hamlet finds out the truth behind his father’s death. The ghost tells Hamlet, “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,/ With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts,/ O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power/ So to seduce!-won to his shameful lust/ The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen;” (Shakespeare, I, v, 43-47). The ghost reveals to Hamlet that Claudius is the one who murders him and takes his crown. Claudius is the one who is held responsible for murdering the King since he poisons him in his sleep and steals his brother’s crown. After hearing this truth, Hamlet sets out to avenge his father’s death and to kill his uncle Claudius. This proves that the acceptance of help from his father’s ghost makes Hamlet’s

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