Hamlet vs. Algernon Moncrieff in “Hamlet” and “The Importance of Being Earnest”


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Hamlet vs. Algernon Moncrieff in "Hamlet" and "The Importance of Being Earnest"
The human psyche (or soul, if you prefer) is a landscape of personal reaction. In different artists we find different ways of processing pain. For our purposes, we will compare William Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Shakespeare’s heavy-hearted Hamlet will be contrasted with Wilde’s Algernon Moncrieff. These characters express discomfort differently and to different degrees. Hamlet makes being upset his constant industry, while Algernon never shows any pain. Yet they are both aristocrats with problems.
They both relate to their friends differently. Both gentlemen have a good friend. Hamlet has Horatio, and Algernon has...
The end:
.....nore, cozying up to the new arrangement complaining about the lack of tropical fruit at dinner, or never seeing enough of Rosencrantz or Guildenstern.
The reactions of Hamlet and Algernon in their respective plays are so different that they illustrate the broader range of storytelling we art-lovers can enjoy. A clever playwright could write up a spoof wherein the two characters are zapped into each other’s play. These plays were written by great masters, who made characters as important as the story. With the force of talent at work penning these productions, they represent about equal skill producing characters history will never forget.
Shakespeare, William. (1601). Hamlet.
Wilde, Oscar. (1895). The Importance of Being Earnest.