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Isolation a Comparative Essay In William Shakespeares play Hamlet the concept of identity is explored through Hamlets isolation which is created by the conflict between his duty to his father and his duties to the monarchy and his peers Gertrude suffers the same identity questions through her isolation and also that of her sons The isolation they experience not only is caused by some sort of tragic event but also provokes many dilemmas in their lives that they both have to work through but it also results in a lot of trouble and heartbreak for more than just themselves For people who are royalty such as Hamlet and Gertrude it seems as though it would be difficult to be isolated or to have anything bad happen to them They are always surrounded by people who love them or who want to be them But maybe thats just it maybe Hamlet and Gertrude being royalty started the downfall There is usually one point in time one moment that causes the big downfall one thing that tears away any strength the person had to battle their isolation The one thing for Hamlet is the death of his father Being a son the father is the biggest role model and usually the person the son looks up to and learns from the most To make things worst in the beginning of the play Hamlets isolation can also be due to the fact that he is unaware of foul murder by Claudius Hamlet also experiences betrayals from his friends Guildenstern and Rosencrantz When they betray Hamlet it provokes Hamlet to start to question his relationships not only with them but also with his other friends and family All saws of books all forms all pressures past And thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain Unmixed with baser matter I599-104 Hamlets mother Gertrude and Uncle Claudius both betray his
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