Conflict In Hamlet And A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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Individual have a unique approach for dealing with conflict. As the conflict evolves, people alternate playing roles like the hero, the victim, and the villain in each situation. The protagonists in famous plays like Hamlet by William Shakespeare and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams encounter this role changes throughout the play and should be perceived as tragic figures considering their heroic virtues are insufficient to defend themselves from self-destruction contrary to simply tragic heroes.
Blanche DuBois, a 30 year old High School English Teacher is forced to leave her job due to her strong sexual urges. She moves from Mississippi to New Orleans with her sister, Stella, and her husband, Stanley, after losing Belle Reeve,
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This results from being so “emotionally corrupted” (ReverieMarie 2) with the thought of killing Claudius, that many innocent people like Polonius, Ophelia, Laertes, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern and the Queen die within the path of his revenge. In Scene 4 of Act 3, Hamlet stabs Polonius thinking it was Claudius. ReverieMarie explains that “Hamlet does not apologize or express horror at his own lack of sound judgment, indicating both moral and physical corruption. Rather, Hamlet uses this as an opportunity to criticize his mother: “A bloody deed- almost as bad, good mother, as kill a king and marry with his brother”. (3.4.34-35) Normally, when an accident occurs the person responsible for it feels sorry and guilty. But in this situation, Hamlet’s murder of Polonius, the wrong person, is insignificant. At this point, Hamlet is unmanageable of his feeling so instead of remorse the death of Polonius, he focus more on torturing and disrespecting the Queen. Hamlet’s relationship with his mother has affected his view of all women. This view gets directed towards Ophelia. He feels betrayed with the thought of her misjudgment with him. As a result, his cruelty led her to committing suicide. In addition, Hamlet influences the fate of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern causing them to get killed instead of him. This shows how selfish and “adamant about revenge” (Free Essays 3) Hamlet is. He becomes skeptical and lonely as a result of his revenge obsession. He even comes up with excuses for why he has to go forward with revenge using his faith saying “there’s a divinity that shapes our ends”. (5.2.11-12) In other words, there is a greater purpose for why he is still alive which is to get revenge on Claudius and make him pay for his crimes. Hamlet is convinced God wants him to get revenge on his father’s death which results in pressured and emotional corruption by the Ghost since his “actions are dictated not by his

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