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IOP By: Samantha Scios
Transcript of IOP By: Samantha Scios
By: Samantha Scios IDENTITY How does culture affect the struggle to
realize the protagonists idenity in A Prayer
for Owen Meany and Hamlet? In the novel Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the protagonist Hamlet has to deal with the
death of his father, his mother marrying
his uncle, and the love he feels for Ophelia which is not returned. He becomes in a depressed state and loses himself because he is so confused
and unsure of how his life is turning out. He enjoys nothing that life has to offer now because of the situation that he is put in.
“I will tell you why; so shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the king and queen moult no feather. I have of late—but wherefore I know not--lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.”
Hamlet realizes that there is a whole world around him and he cannot seem to detach himself from the disheartened state he is in. He knows that the world is still going on but he has no passion or drive to want to become apart of it, leaving him struggling still to find his place and where he belongs in his world.
In A Prayer for Owen Meany, not only does Owen struggle with finding his identity because he is so small in size and talks differently, but John struggles with finding his place in society. He is living in a culture where everything is starting to come together and there is a war taking place and people are beginning to act differently; society is coming into a new era. There is some what of a cultural revolution taking place and John seems to be getting caught up in the midst of it all. He does not know who is father is and his mother is giving most of her attention to Owen and a man she met on the train. His grandmother is a little different and he is unsure if he is beginning to like his own cousin Hester.
John Wheelwright & Prince Hamlet Religion Family Shattered Love "The only way you get Americans to notice anything is to tax them or draft them or kill them."
John comes to the realization that this cultrual revolutinon taking place is affecting the way americans are thinking. He realizes that the only way for any of us, including him self, to understand where we belong in the U.S. is to follow the events taking place, such as being taxed, drafted, or unfortunately killed.
Both John and Hamlet share the same struggle in the search for their identities because they both realize what kind of world they are living in. Hamlet has lost his dad like John, both John and Hamlet are infatuated with women they can never be with, and ultimately they are the “fish out of water” type. They are both very different and do not fit or follow the typical images and rules of their current society.