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Hamlet and The Bacchae have many similarities and differences in this paper Iwill discuss some of them as well as the questions posed in class Both of theseplays are tragedies ending with a great number of the featured characters dying orFirst of all I dont think that Hamlet took place in a godless universe Ofcourse the god in Hamlet vs the gods in The Bacchae are very different gods InHamlet God affects the decisions the characters make eg Hamlet decides not tokill Claudius while hes praying because he believes God will forgive Claudius forhis sins and not send him to hell however he doesnt have a direct role You haveno proof of a god in Hamlet while in The Bacchae the gods are the maincharacters in the play performing a good percentage of the action Also thepresence of the ghost means that in the world of Hamlet there is an afterlife butsince there are not more ghosts in the world there must be some divine presenceContinuing with the issue of the ghost the presence of the ghost in the playhas many implications First of all the presence of the ghost may be an attempt tosatisfy the religious beliefs of both the Protestants and the Catholics which bothwould have been watching the plays during Shakespeares time The Protestantsdo not believe in purgatory so the ghost may be a way to explain the afterlifewithout offending either religion The ghost also creates some confusion withheaven and hell because if the soul is in a ghost then it means that it went neitherto heaven nor hell Yet throughout the play the characters often talk of bothheaven and hell and the presence of the ghost doesnt change their belief in anyAnother significant difference between the two plays is the role of revengeand how it varies between gods revenge in the Bacchae and mans revenge inHamlet Hamlets revenge tended to have logic and was fairer to those thatwerent the point of
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