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Code Geass vs. Hamlet

Basically the anime, mecha version of Hamlet.

Carolyn Goodman

on 3 June 2013

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Transcript of Code Geass vs. Hamlet

A Character Comparison
by Carolyn Goodman Code Geass vs. Hamlet Main Idea: The protagonists in Code Geass and Hamlet, Lelouch and Hamlet, are alike in their situations, motivations to get revenge for the death of a parent, tactics, and characteristics as tragic heroes. Two Princes with a Thirst for Revenge Great Minds Think Alike "All That Lives Must Die" Lelouch: Lelouch is the 11th Imperial Prince of Britannia. His mother, Marianne was murdered by his uncle. He is exiled after questioning his father's apathy toward his mother's death and vows vengeance on his father and the Britannian Empire. Hamlet: Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark. His father was poisoned by his uncle, Claudius. He is upset by his mother's hasty remarriage. When the ghost of Hamlet's father reveals it was Claudius who killed him, Hamlet promises to get revenge on his uncle. So They Both..... Both protagonists are princes with some serious family issues. They both have a dead parent who was killed by a jealous uncle and their remaining parent does not seem to care. Lelouch and Hamlet decide to carry out revenge for their parents' death. Lelouch: Hamlet: Between the time Lelouch vows revenge and actually carries it out, he has a period of idleness. This is due to the fact that he did not have any means of taking over the world until he acquired his Geass. Before Hamlet carries out his revenge, he also has a period of idleness. This is because he struggles with his own morals and even questions his own existence. Lelouch: Hamlet: Lelouch uses an alias, "Zero," throughout the story. Hamlet feigns madness throughout the story. Lelouch: Hamlet: Lelouch uses his Geass to manipulate others, such as some of his half-siblings, in order to find out the truth about his mother's death and in order to take over. Hamlet manipulates others, such as the players, to find out the truth about his father's death from Claudius. So They Both..... Lelouch and Hamlet have similar ways of carrying out their revenge. They both had a period of idleness and pretend to be someone they are not. Both manipulate others in order to get the truth about the death of their parent. Lelouch: Hamlet: His tragic flaw is pride and impulsiveness. He does get his revenge, but everyone hates him by the end and he realizes for his people to be happy, he must die. His tragic flaw is indecisiveness. Hamlet also gets his revenge, but not before it's too late. Had he acted quickly, less people would have died and Laertes would have no reason to kill him. How About We Just Watch A Video??? Conclusion Time!!! Lelouch and Hamlet are similar in their situation and want for revenge for the death of a parent. They both have similar ways of carrying out their revenge and they both have a tragic flaw that brings about their downfall. Works Cited "Analysis of Hamlet’s Character." Analysis. Auburn University, n.d. Web. 21 May 2013.

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