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Vengeance in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Love, revenge and betrayal play leading roles in both Shakespeare's Hamlet and Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights." Both functions include doomed connections, a ghostly haunting, and death. The court at Elsinore, despite its luxurious setting, nearly mirrors the seclusion of the Yorkshire moors of Wuthering Heights -- making both settings nearly prison like. But, it is not setting that produces both functions interesting: it is the look for vengeance from the protagonists. Few tales stir the spirit more than that of a lover wronged -- seeking vengeance on his foes. The fans, Heathcliff and Hamlet, differ from their character. One is a fervent person, the latter a philosopher-prince; yet, despite their differences and being divided from 300 years, they share the same despair and grievances. Even their lives seem to run on nearly parallel classes. Each loses a lover, is betrayed by a loved one, and driven nearly mad with fury. Indeed, the "fundamental, unifying actions of Hamlet" (Abrahms and Brody 44), and of Wuthering Heights, is "revenge" (44). But, where Heathcliff's only impetus is revenge, Hamlet is loath to enact it. Hamlet's situation, however, do indeed warrant vengeance. Hamlet is a bitter tragedy of revenge and deceit. Unbeknownst to Hamlet, his father, the king of Denmark, is killed by his own brother, Claudius -- who then marries the queen and assumes the throne. Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost, who compels him to enact revenge upon his uncle -- but spare his mommy. Hamlet finally decides to stage a play where there's a poisoning scene, meant to stir his uncle into panic. Hamlet's strategy is successful, but he, in a fit of anger, unintentionally...

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