Scarface And Hamlet

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Scarface (1983) written by Oliver Stone and Hamlet (1599-1602) written by William Shakespeare share and explore the themes of what the inability to regulate emotions can cause in a person and their surrounding environments, even if they differ dramatically. Although Tony Montana’s and Hamlet’s desires and backgrounds serve as different purposes in their journeys, they both encounter and exhibit the use of deceiving behaviours, have trust issues with the woman they love and both question the point of their existence in the world. The protagonist’s major flaws end up in great tragedy as a result. Scarface opens with a prelude as a literary device to give a background on Tony Montana’s deportation from Cuba to the sunny coast of Miami,…show more content…
Tony Montana and Hamlet connect on their lack of ability to control their emotions. Tony acts aggressively, trusting his gut instinct dealing with his problems head on. Hamlet struggles to make decisions and has a lack of assertiveness; his procrastination may be due to his religious beliefs, finding the right moment to revenge his father to kill Claudius so he isn’t sent to Heaven. Tony on the other hand does not seem to have any religion holding back his actions, he is clearly a more dominant figure than Hamlet, which is evident when Tony confronts Frank Lopez directly and murders him on the spot. Hamlet confronts Claudius’s guilt by putting on a play that recreates the murder of King Hamlet, rather than directly confronting Claudius. Tony also lacks intelligence due to no education, it plays a role in his expression of emotions, having a hard time explaining them and often uses slang or curse words. Hamlet understands and expresses his emotions thoroughly through the use of highly developed metaphors, such as in Act 3 Scene 1, during his “To be or not be” speech he uses a "Sea of troubles" to compare his sufferings with the endless sea, as the currents are a continuous movement from forces such as breaking waves and wind, these forces convey Hamlet’s conflicted and disturbed mindset. Masks of deception are used in advantage to shield Tony and Hamlet’s true intentions and behaviours. When Tony is being

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