Compare And Contrast Hamlet And Don Quixote Essay

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In both Hamlet and Don Quixote we find many characters that fashion themselves in different ways in order to gain something from the situations they are put into. These characters include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern found in Hamlet and Sancho Panza and the Priest in Don Quixote. In Hamlet two characters tend to stand out as people who have become accustomed to self fashioning. These two characters are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. When these two men are introduced in the story, they both have just arrived at the castle to meet with King Claudius and Queen Gertrude. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude know these men are good friends with Hamlet, and know they can be used to diagnose the problem afflicting Hamlet. When you first meet …show more content…
He knows they have a reason behind the visit. It is not just friendship that brings them. Their motives have changed. Once Hamlet sees this clearly, he never again talks to either one about anything of importance. They are no longer the men whom he knew. When the time comes, Hamlet changes the contents of the letter and asks that they be killed. With their death we see that change for gain is not always a good thing. In our next book Don Quixote we see another character who fashions himself differently a number of different times. This character is known as Sancho Panza. At the beginning we see Sancho as a simple man who is trying to support his family. He is not looking for anything else. Then comes along Don Quixote, who offers him good compensation to join him on an adventure. We see Sancho change here from a dumb man to one who is looking for a gain any way he can. In the case of Sancho it is wealth and land. We see Sancho not question Don Quixote about knights at this time and place. He goes along for the dollar. We then view Sancho refashion himself yet again. This time he begins to question things but is still after land and money. It is evident that Sancho has changed when he questions Don Quixote’s sanity in the Inn as Don Quixote rips the place apart. We then see Sancho refashion himself yet again. This time he adds more intelligence. Sancho becomes more knowledgeable and begins to

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