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Comparing Hamlet To Johnson Essay

749 words - 3 pages

The death of a loved one can be tragic. It often alters how people think, feel, and act. Some people withdraw from life, some move closer to God, and some appear to lose their minds. Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Samuel Johnson both lost someone very close to them, but found very different ways to deal with their losses.
“Hamlet” and “Johnson” have only a few things in common. Both were written long ago and discuss death of family members. Johnson lost his wife, while Hamlet lost his father. Although the person they lost and how they died is different, the events changed both men’s lives. Both of these men made the choices to act the way that they did which caused their lives to be ...view middle of the document...

Johnson asked God to bring him closer and to remind him of what life was like when his wife was alive which helped him hold on to his sanity.
Hamlet was born a prince, who did not have to work for anything. Hamlet had all amounts of opportunity for education and travel. Johnson was “born into poverty and poor for most of his adulthood” (Tippens et al, p 25). Never having to want for anything made it difficult for Hamlet, because he lived the great life he could not handle loss and he became mad with the obsession of righting the wrong that was done to him. Johnson being poor his entire life, which made him appreciate what he did have and desire to keep it as long as he could.
In writing “Hamlet”, Shakespeare focused on avenging the death of King Hamlet, fueling Prince Hamlet’s anger with images of his dead father. Johnson used poetry and prayer to bring peace to his life. Both men were dealing with a great loss but the way they dealt with the loss shaped their lives in different ways. Hamlet never stopped being angry, he was angry with his uncle, and angry with his mother,...

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