Hamlet Vs Tales Of Symphonia
Compare & Contrast: Hamlet vs. Tales of Symphonia
When given the option to compare and contrast Hamlet with something, I thought right away of the video game Tales of Symphonia. Now one may say, how can something as wonderful and complex as Hamlet ever be compared with something as simplistic as a video game? That is where you may surprise yourself. With fully detailed storylines and emotions becoming a bigger part of video games, it is easy and fun to make connections with other stories. The characters of both stories have many similarities, and even some key plot events are similar. Our two main characters have like personalities and even have the same motive; revenge.
Our First comparison brings us to Hamlet and Lloyd Irving. Lloyd, like Hamlet, has had his father taken from him by his uncle. Lloyd will stop at nothing to get revenge for his father, Kratos Aurion. Hamlet and Lloyd both go a little insane at some points in their stories, and are faced with the question of to be, or not to be. Lloyd, without thinking, can be hurtful to the ones he loves, much like Hamlet is to Ophelia. Lloyd is an excellent swordsman, with skills that could be easily compared to that of Hamlets fencing skills. A large difference between the two is that Hamlet is very self centered and often thinks only of himself. He is on a solo mission and is not very welcoming from outside help. Lloyd Irving is much more open to outside help. He knows that his quest will not be without opposition, and he accepts help from his many friends that he meets along the way. Also, Hamlet does not act on instinct, while Lloyd often acts without thought or remorse for his actions.
Another character comparison can be made with Hamlet’s good friend Horatio and Genis Sage, Lloyd’s best friend. Genis is there to guide Lloyd on his quest for revenge, much like Horatio for Hamlet. Horatio is viewed as a very intelligent and knowledgeable person in the story, and Genis is best known for being a quick thinker and a highly intelligent person. These two are always there for their friends, with helpful advice and guidance along their journeys.
King Hamlet and Kratos Aurion have many things in common. One could say that Kratos was derived from King Hamlet. Both characters have been murdered by their brothers, and both inform their sons to seek revenge. King Hamlet leads Hamlet out into the woods and tells him of his terrible death story, and how Claudius must be killed. Kratos Aurion was struck down by his brother Ygdrassil, and he appears many times in Lloyd’s quest to offer advice on what he should do and to remind him of his goal. While not much is known about King Hamlet, the same proves true in Tales of Symphonia where not much is known about Kratos Aurion. They both remain as ghostly figures derived from the unknown. A difference is that Kratos is the lord of the angels while Hamlet is king of Denmark.
Ophelia is a character that goes unappreciated. Many people think that she is a character with no meaning, and she is only a nuisance in the play. What people don’t realize is that Ophelia actually symbolizes great things. She represents all that is good in the world, as she is but a simple, innocent 16 year old. She is hurt by Hamlet, and goes insane at the sight of her dead father. Collette goes crazy at the sight of her father’s dead body and refuses to speak to anyone, especially Lloyd. However, unlike Ophelia, Collette does not drown and she eventually forgives Lloyd for his actions.
As I come across similarities between the stories and their characters, one seems identical. The King Claudius’ right hand man, Polonius, seems identical to the character Lord Remiel. Lord Remiel is Ygdrassil’s right hand man who is the father to Collette, who corresponds to Ophelia. Lloyd, like Hamlet, is not very fond of the king’s advisor, and in the long run, ends up slaying him.
Another almost identical comparison would be Claudius and Ygdrassil. The two of them are cold and heartless enough to murder their brothers just to obtain the throne. Ygdrassil is the lord of all angels, and declares himself all powerful and mighty. He also acts as if he has done no wrong, and his brother has died of natural causes. Claudius is very much like this, as he acts that he has sadness for his brother’s death. A Large difference between these two characters is that Claudius killed his brother because he was having an affair with Gertrude, and he also wanted the throne. In the case of Ygdrassil, there is no woman involved in his madness; he simply holds great desire for the throne.
Fortinbras comes to mind next, and yet another character comes to mind from Tales of Symphonia. A young man named Zelos Wilder is easily comparable with Fortinbras. Zelos is from the Land of Tethe’alla, and Lloyd is from the land of Sylvarant. He has a warlike spirit and he will stop at nothing to conquer Sylvarant. Zelos thinks that Sylvarant is an item that is rightfully his. Fortinbras happens to be the character whom fits this mold in Hamlet as well. He desires the land of Denmark, which his father lost in his defeat by Hamlet Sr. in battle.
One final character that deserves to be discussed is Laertes. He and Hamlet are on good terms until Hamlet kills his father, Polonius. In Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd and Regal Bryant are good friends up until the point where Lloyd murders Lord Remiel. Lloyd idolizes Regal, much like Hamlet admires Laertes fencing skills. Laertes and Regal both seek revenge for their father’s death. In the end, Laertes falls in a duel with Hamlet, and Regal also winds up falling in a fight with Lloyd. A major difference is that in Hamlet, Laertes commits the touching act of forgiving Hamlet with his dying words. Regal curses Lloyd with his dying words, leaving a permanent scar on Lloyd’s emotions.
Some key plot events of each of the stories are quite common as well. Both characters seek revenge for their slain fathers, hurt the ones they love, and in the end, achieve the revenge they so strongly desired. Some large differences are that Hamlet kills Claudius all by himself. This is because Claudius is nothing more than a man. Nothing more, nothing less. In Lloyd’s case, Ygdrassil is an all powerful being who holds terrifying powers, and Lloyd needs all the help he can find from his many caring friends.
With so much emotion and food for thought pouring from both stories, it makes you think about life. Does everything happen for a reason? Is it fate? Or is free will involved as well? In everyone’s lives, loved ones will betray and get betrayed, and revenge will be sought after for things both minor and major. These are just elements that are part of life, and certain people have different reactions to these events, whether they are good or bad. Some will have sadness, but will not act in fear of the unknown. Others, like Hamlet and Lloyd, hold great rage and will stop at nothing to get revenge for their fathers. Which one are you; one of those who shakes off their anger, or one of those few who act on their anger, Like Hamlet and Lloyd?