Comparing Hamlet 'And Brave New World'

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A slave is a person who is seen as property of another and is obligated to obey every demand and request; whether man is aware of the chains being bared or not. Despite Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World being written hundreds of years apart, both protagonists share a common entity. Social enslavement is visibly present in the lives Hamlet and John as well as unknowingly in the lives of the people living in the Metropolis; each protagonist handles their enslavement in various means however in the end, overcome their shackles in contrasting forms. Hamlet is conscious of his chains to his fate whereas the characters of Huxley’s Metropolis are not as fortunate. Social conditioning enslaves the people of the Metropolis and John is unfortunately trapped along with them for social experimentation.…show more content…
Upon Claudius’ coronation, he tells Hamlet “… Bend you to remain/ Here in the cheer and comfort of our eye” (I.ii.115-116) and not to return to school in Wittenberg. Within just the first scene of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet is being forced to obey Claudius’ request to remain in Denmark despite his own wishes. In addition to being aware that he is confined to the borders of Denmark, Hamlet is also consciously aware that it is his duty to restore the cosmos to their original state prior to his father’s murder, “O cursèd spite,../That ever I was born to set it right! (I.ii.190-191). Hamlet is imprisoned by his expected obedience to his uncle and mother, as well as his duty to his

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