Comparison Essay Comparing Hamlet character to Antonius Block from

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Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Number Date Comparing Hamlet to Antonius Block Hamlet is a compelling character from William Shakespeare’s book “Hamlet.” Shakespeare represents Hamlet in all his human intricacy making him a thrilling character who is driven by impulse and emotion. The movie, “The Seventh Seal,” on the other hand, has Antonius Block as the protagonist, and although the book and the movie have about three centuries in between their productions, the two protagonists have outstanding similarities despite their different circumstances. Both Hamlet and Antonius can be perceived as existential heroes seen from the way they embody the quest for meaning in a world that ultimately lacks meaning, alienation, and the inevitability of death, as the main principles of existentialism. Both Hamlet and Antonius are heroes in their unique ways. Hamlet is a prince with a graceful and charming personality. His heroic nature is evident from the victories he gains in the battle against his foes and the way he avenges the death of the king (his father) by killing the man that slew his father and married his mother. The fact that people are pleased by his return speaks a lot about his reputation as a leader; he was a loyal leader that people loved. Antonius Block was a knight for over a decade, and upon his return home, he finds that the Black Plague had taken over his homeland. Block makes up his mind to challenge death to a game of chess that would determine his fate (Wang, 64). As a hero, he exhibits courage and the determination to find meaning even in the face of despair. Both Hamlet and Antonius have awful ends in the stories and can be

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