Confronting Illusions in “Hamlet” and “Doubt”


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Confronting Illusions in "Hamlet" and "Doubt"
In the plays Hamlet and Doubt the protagonists are forced to confront illusions. They wear on these characters and, to a lesser extent, on some the other characters of each play. In both cases, the protagonists are forced to push back against the illusions separating Hamlet from his rightful place on the throne in Elsinore and the suspicions against Father Flynn at St Nicholas Church School.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet combats an attitude of complacency that has overtaken his family and the people around them. His uncle married his mother and took the throne almost immediately after the suspicious death of his father. Rather than ask questions, the remainder of the characters in this play treat the...
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..... of problem, a need to wake his people from their slumber, their passive acceptance of his uncle’s actions. Claudius demonstrated an amazing power to make his rude takeover of the throne seem like a proper thing to do. Like Sister Aloysius, Claudius manipulated illusion so that he could get the upper hand, take what he wanted while destroying the people in his way. Like Father Flynn, Hamlet had illusion being enacted against him from without. Of course the results of these two conflicts worked out very differently. In studying both plays, we see how protagonists come into conflict with illusion.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Toronto: Signet Classics, 1963.
, John Patrick. Doubt. New York: Dramatists Place Service, 2004.