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Hamlet vs. Harry Potter

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Hamlet vs. Harry Potter By: Hartley Pawloski Similarities Tragedy Genre What is Tragedy Genre? Is Hamlet a Tragedy? Is Harry Potter a Tragedy? #4
Comic Elements #2
Supernatural Elements #3
Setting #1
Evil Uncles and Dead Fathers #1
Mothers Ophelia vs. Hermione #2
Female Characters Differences Hamlet Ophelia Ophelia:
Oh, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!—
The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue, sword,
Th' expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
Th' observed of all observers, quite, quite down!
And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,
That sucked the honey of his music vows,
Now see that noble and most sovereign reason
Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh;
That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstasy. Oh, woe is me,
T' have seen what I have seen, see what I see! "Comic elements are really useful to break up the serious stuff in "Hamlet" and in Harry Potter’s adventures" (Arellano-Espitia). "A tragedy is a serious story about a conflict between a hero and a great malign force. In a tragedy, moreover, the hero must undergo a change of fortune, preferably because of his own mistake or flaw, leading to a disastrous, heart-rending denouement"(Emsworth). Hamlet begins with a ghost (King Hamlet) telling Hamlet that Claudius has poisoned and killed him.
This then leads Hamlet to try and get revenge on Claudius.
The entire play, Hamlet is trying to defeat Claudius, the malignant force, and get him to confess to killing King Hamlet.
While doing all of this, Hamlet undergoes a change of fortune and goes mad.
The play then ends in a blood bath where the entire royal family is killed. Works Cited Hamlet Harry Potter Hamlet Harry Potter Hamlet sees his father in the form of a ghost. "Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn'd,
Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou comest in such a questionable shape
That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet,
King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me!
Let me not burst in ignorance; but tell
Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death,
Have burst their cerements; why the sepulchre,
Wherein we saw thee quietly inurn'd,
Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws,
To cast thee up again. What may this mean,
That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel
Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon,
Making night hideous; and we fools of nature
So horridly to shake our disposition
With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?
Say, why is this? wherefore? what should we do?" Hamlet Speaks to the Ghost He sees his parents through a magical mirror in the book "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Castle Hamlet's setting is in Elsinore Castle in Denmark
Harry Potter's setting is in Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft.
Both settings are portrayed to be dark, creepy medieval castles. Study Both Hamlet and Harry Potter are sent away from their home towns to study.
Hamlet was sent away to study in Wittenberg. This, as we know, was short lived.
Harry Potter was sent away from his home in London to study witchcraft at Hogwarts.
Hamlet was sent away by Claudius because he wanted him out of Denmark for killing Polonius.

Claudius:
"Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety,--
Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve 40
For that which thou hast done,--must send thee hence
With fiery quickness: therefore prepare thyself;
The bark is ready, and the wind at help,
The associates tend, and every thing is bent." Hamlet Harry Potter Harry Potter’s comic relief is Ron Weasley, the twin Weasley brothers, and Neville Longbottom.
These characters at times give comic relief to a dark, sinister, tragic story.
Here is an example: The comic elements in "Hamlet" are the actors who are performing the play that represents Claudius killing King Hamlet and the gravedigger who is digging Ophelia’s grave.
This gives the play comic relief since it gives light and joy to something that is dark and evil. The first direct example of comic relief is when the gravedigger is singing as he digs a grave. This scene represents how common and fun it is for him to dig a dead person's grave.

Gravedigger:
(sings)But old age has sneaked up on meAnd grabbed me in his claws,And has shipped me into the groundAs if I’d never been like that.(he throws up a skull) The second direct example of comic relief is when the the actor playing the Queen says people who remarry are committing treason. This is funny in "Hamlet" because there is an underlying message that since the actual Queen remarried she is committing treason. Also the actual Queen does not know the story is about her and her husband.

Player Queen:
Oh, damn everyone else! Remarrying would be treason to my heart. Curse me if I take a second husband. When a woman takes a second husband, it’s because she’s killed off the first. Evil Uncle Hamlet's uncle Claudius killed Hamlet's father, King Hamlet.
Claudius married his sister-in-law and became King.
He tries everything in his power to kill Hamlet because he knows that Hamlet knows he killed his father. Dead Father His father is killed by having poison poured into his ear.
King Hamlet is killed by his brother.
Hamlet tries to get revenge on his uncle, Claudius.
Hamlet goes mad trying to defeat Claudius.
Hamlet is sure that Claudius killed his father when he sees and hears the ghost of his father. Ghost:
I am thy father’s spirit,
Doomed for a certain term to walk the night
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid
To tell the secrets of my prison house,
I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
Thy knotted and combinèd locks to part
And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fearful porpentine.
But this eternal blazon must not be
To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O, list!
If thou didst ever thy dear father love— Evil Uncle Harry's uncle, Vernon Dursley, locked Harry in a tiny room under the stairs and would not let him out or practice magic.
His relationship with his uncle is non-existent. Dead Father Harry's dad/parents were killed by Lord Voldemort.
Harry has an enemy and tries to get revenge on Voldemort for killing his parents.
Harry goes mad trying to defeat Voldemort. Harry Potter Hamlet Harry Potter Hermione His mother, Gertrude, married her husband's brother a few months after he died.
Gertrude leaves her son alone.
She does not believe him when he says that Claudius has killed King Hamlet.
She dies by drinking the poison that was intended to be for Hamlet.
She loves her son, but is obedient to her husband.
Gertrude is ashamed and hurt by the play Hamlet put on because it upset Claudius. Gertrude
Gertrude:
Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended

Hamlet:
Mother, you have my father much offended. -This quote shows that Gertrude is taking Claudius's side without even hearing what Hamlet has to say. She cares about her son, but seems to care about her husband even more. Act 3 Scene 4 Lily Potter She dies when Harry is a baby.
She dies protecting baby Harry from Lord Voldemort.
Lily sacrificed her own life to save her son's life.
She loves Harry immensely and would do anything for him. vs. She is the only other female character in Hamlet besides Gertrude.
She is very fragile, shy, naive, and a thoughtful young girl.
She loves her father and brother very much.
She is an obedient daughter and does what others tell her to do.
She believes she turned Hamlet mad by not loving him.
She does not have a friendship with Hamlet because she is a woman.
When her father dies she becomes mentally unstable and goes mad. She is the leading female character in "Harry Potter."
She is half witch, half mortal.
She is the smartest and brightest wizard at Hogwarts.
Hermione is very stubborn and bossy to the men in the story.
She is Harry Potter's best friend along with Ron.
She feels as if she can do whatever she puts her mind to. Act 3 Scene 3 Hamlet:
Now might I do it pat. Now he is a-praying.
And now I’ll do ’t. And so he goes to heaven.
And so am I revenged.—That would be scanned.
A villain kills my father, and, for that,
I, his sole son, do this same villain send
To heaven.
Oh, this is hire and salary, not revenge.
He took my father grossly, full of bread,
With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May.
And how his audit stands who knows save heaven?
But in our circumstance and course of thought
'Tis heavy with him. And am I then revenged
To take him in the purging of his soul
When he is fit and seasoned for his passage?
No. Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent.
When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage,
Or in th' incestuous pleasure of his bed,
At game a-swearing, or about some act
That has no relish of salvation in ’t—
Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven,
And that his soul may be as damned and black
As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays
This physic but prolongs thy sickly days. -This scene shows Hamlet's struggle between whether nor not he should kill Claudius. Hamlet is trying to defeat this malignant force, but does not want to do it while he is praying so that he won't go to Heaven . Yes
Fortinbras:
Where is this sight?

Horatio:
What is it ye would see?
If aught of woe or wonder, cease your search.

Fortinbras:
This quarry cries on havoc. O proud death,
What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,
That thou so many princes at a shot
So bloodily hast struck? Act 5 Scene 2 Yes/No Ophelia:
By Gis and by Saint Charity,
  Alack, and fie, for shame!
 Young men will do ’t, if they come to ’t.
  By Cock, they are to blame.
 Quoth she, “Before you tumbled me,
  You promised me to wed.”
 He answers,
 “So would I ha' done, by yonder sun,
  An thou hadst not come to my bed.” Arellano-Espitia, Mónica. Harry Potter: The Hamlet of
the 21st Century. N.D. Web. 3 Dec. 2012.

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Norton Shakespeare: Bases on
the Oxford edition: Volume 2. New York: Norton and Company, 2008. Print.

“What Harry Potter could have learned from Hamlet.”
A Critical Eye on the Arts from Rochester. Emsworth, 4 Aug. 2008. Web. 3 Dec. 2012. Harry Potter's parents were killed by Lord Voldemort.
Harry tries to get revenge and defeat Voldemort through the entire seven books.
Yet through all of the books Harry never loses his way, changes his fortune, or makes a fatal mistake.
At the end of the story, Harry does not die and rises safely out of the final battle between he and Voldemort.
He gets married, has a child and lives happily ever after.
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