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Hamlet And The Spanish Tragedy Essay

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The parallels shown between Hamlet and The Spanish Tragedy demonstrate the influence Kyd's play had on Shakespeare. The similarities can be seen throughout the plot lines and context of both plays. While using the plays as different tools, both are used for expediting revenge. Shakespeare, through the impact of Kyd's play, established and perfected an ideal plot for a play expressing revengeful tragedy. The actions and thoughts that Hamlet shows greatly displays many characteristics from The Spanish Tragedy. Hamlet models himself after Hieronimo in the way he approaches revenge. However, Hamlet wants his victims to suffer not only on earth but in the afterlife.
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To reach justice, they must avenge their deaths. However, Hamlet and Hieronimo use the play as different instruments of tools of revenge. Kyd and Shakespeare both use them to expose hidden guilt. Shakespeare includes a play within a play in order to allow Hamlet to collect confirmation of Claudius' remorse. Hamlet powerfully explains to the audience of how he will proceed in revealing Claudius' guilt and achieving his revenge, "I'll observe his looks;/ I'll tent him to the quick...I'll have more grounds/ Relative than this. The play's the thing/ Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king" (II.ii.625-34). Performing "The Murder of Gonzaga" will work in Hamlet's favor. Claudius will reveal the guilt that has been hidden across his face of how he usurped the throne and committed regicide. He will then be able to validate what the ghost, who claimed he was his father, is correct. Hieronimo will not only seek vengeance, but will personally kill those on stage performing. He is motivated now than ever, "The plot is laid of dire revenge:/ On then, Hieronimo, pursue revenge,/ For nothing wants by acting of revenge" (III.iv.28-30). After fabricating a plan, he is more than ready to go through with it.
Horatio becomes the only person Hamlet can trust after the corrupt influence of Claudius has fallen over his friends. To have a virtuous witness to Claudius'...

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