Musset's Lorenzaccio & Hamlet

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A 10 page essay that contrasts and compares the characterization of Lorenzaccio, which was created by nineteenth century playwright Alfred de Musset in his play of the same name, to Shakespeare's characterization of Hamlet. Like the tortured Dane, Lorenzaccio, i.e., Lorenzo de Medici, is a good man who becomes corrupted by his desire for revenge. As this suggests, there are distinct similarities between the characters. Both Hamlet and Lorenzo disguise their true nature and intention from their perceived enemies. Both men subjugate their own lives to what their desire for justice. Both men wish to protect women whom they love from the corruption around them. Both men commit murder. The writer also explores differences in their characterization. No additional sources cited.