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Oedipus Rex and Hamlet Oedipus and Hamlet are two different people in two different stories Each story is different in both plot and theme One theme is about fate and how a person cannot change fate The other is about revenge and how it can change a man forever Although they are different people with different lives they have a lot in common Both Oedipus and Hamlet lived their lives in similar ways They make some comparable decisions in their lives and responded the same way in some instances In both stories the main conflict deals with a dispute of the worst kind a dispute within the family In each story the problem is different but in each of the stories the main character tends to responds in the same general fashion In the story Hamlet his dilemma is that his uncle who is now the king has killed his father and married his now deceased brothers wife Hamlet vows that he will avenge the death of his father when he says O villain villain smiling damn villainadieu adieu remember me I have swornt Act 1 scene 5 line106 Throughout the rest of young Hamlets life this is the only thing that he can be concerned with In the end his passion for revenge is what leads to his eventual downfall and then death In Oedipus the King his problem that he learns of from the oracle declares that in the future he is to marry his mother and kill his father Like Hamlet Oedipus also makes a vow that over comes pretty much all of his life This vow to never let this oracle come true drives him away and never quite leaves his mine In both stories the main characters learn of their fate to come only with the help of unnatural means Hamlet learns his information from a ghost that tells him of what really happened and who the killer was
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