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When watching the movie Gladiator one might notice how very similar this story is to the Shakespearean play Hamlet In Gladiator the main character seeks vengeance for the loss of his son and wife as does Hamlet for the loss of his father The vengeance sought out in Gladiator is a result of treachery involving loved ones as is the vengeance sought out in hamlet Finally both Hamlet and Gladiator are examples of dramatic tragedy where the main character ends up dying Along with these similarities there are also many differences There are the difference in characters the difference in when these stories take place and the difference in the endings By comparing and contrasting a modern tragedy Gladiator with an ancient tragedy Hamlet it shows why dramatic tragedy has survived throughout the ages In the beginning of Hamlet King Hamlets ghost pays a visit to Prince Hamlet The ghost tells Hamlet that while sleeping in his orchard a serpent stung him He then tells Hamlet the serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown Hamlet who already suspected his fathers death to be murder is furious upon learning that it was not only murder it was his fathers uncle that committed the act of treachery In a rage of fury Hamlet swears to the ghost of his father that he will seek vengeance on Claudius for his sake and that of his fathers This is very similar in Gladiator when Commodus kills his father the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Maximus a Roman General was very close with Marcus who told Maximus he was the son he should have had and wanted Maximus to carry on as Emperor instead of his son Commodus Maximus seeks vengeance on Commodus not only for murdering Marcus but also because he murdered Maximums wife and eight-year-old son In both cases Claudius and Commadus wanted to reign to have power in both cases they were not meant
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