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The heroes in the Odyssey and Hamlet both use deception to achieve revenge against those who have wronged them However the manner in which they go about these deceptions is very different between the two It must also be noted that although revenge is clearly an overwhelming influence in the two stories it is not viewed in a truly positive light in either In Hamlet the young prince uses deception as a means to bring about his revenge for his fathers murder The form of his deception is madness illustrated when he says But come Here as before never so help you mercy How strange or odd someer I bear myself As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on 25 167-171 The image of madness which he intends to project would likely have protected him if he had ever gone through with his plans of revenge and killed his uncle Unfortunately his indecisiveness leads to his destruction Odysseus on the other hand uses physical disguises rather than feigned madness to deceive his enemies and achieve his ends He is disguised as a beggar when he first arrives as his home At no long interval Odysseus came Through his own doorway as a mendicant Humped like a bundle of rags over his stick He settled on the inner ash wood sill Leaning against the door jamb 321 434-438 Unlike Hamlet Odysseus physical disguise is successful and gets him where he needs to be Also he is not indecisive and does not wait to do what needs to be done Rather he rushes in with a fierce determination and gets it over with Hamlet is portrayed in a more ambiguous way than Odysseus Odysseus is clearly a hero he struggles against impossible odds trying to get himself and his crew home intact He never gives in to the temptations of immortality and easy life but rather chooses hardship and eventual death
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