All Happy Families Are Alike Essay

748 Words Dec 13th, 2016 3 Pages
One great writer by the name of Leo Tolstoy once wrote “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” In a similar light Shakespeare seems to have a similar view on family, if his plays are any reflection on his personal ideologies. As probably the most successful playwright in history, it is surprising to see that Shakespeare’s plays were not too different from each other. Once broken up into the there four genres, the tragedies are alike, the comedies are alike and so on and so forth. But one thing that does not change through out any of Shakespeare’s plays is how heavily the plot tends to rely on family. And sure when first analyzing that statement it may seem pretty obvious; everyone one has a family so it would make sense that the would be mentioned in a lot of his plays but Shakespeare seems to go deeper and tends to make family an essential part of the plot. They always seem to be the center of every conflict or the center of every resolution. This can be shown in all of the plays we have read this semester.

First we will start with family being the center of conflict. While family is typically shown in the media to be a bond of love between the characters, this could not be further from the truth in the case of Hamlet. In Hamlet, despite loving his dead father, Shakespeare has very little emotion except despair when referring to the rest of his family. Even before finding out that it was his uncle who murdered his father, he still…

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