MTI’s Masterpiece Literature Presents: Assassin’s Creed

Desmond Miles is an assassin that has very important memories of his ancestors. He is captured by Abstergo and forced to use a machine called the Animus to explore Altair ibn-La’Ahad’s memories during the time of the Third Crusade. Abstergo Industries is multinational corporate conglomerate, and the primary front of the modern day Templar Order. They need Desmonds memories to unlock clues about where to find these pieces of a ancient technology called Eden. The scientist who captured him is apart of the Templars. Desmond begins to see the events that his ancestor had done and lives what Altair did to break the three tenets of the Assassin Brotherhood while trying to stop Robert de Sable from taking a Piece of Eden. The pieces of Eden is technology that was made in an early civilization. Then, leader of the Brotherhood, Al Mualim, demotes Altair to Novice and tasks him with killing the nine Knights Templars, which are the enemies to the Assassins. He finally kills Al Mualim and when doing so a map shows up in the Animus that shows all the locations of the other hidden pieces of Eden. Desmond is pulled from the Animus, and was going to be killed because he was no longer needed, but his life is saved by Lucy Stillman, an assassin who was a mole within the Abstergo Industry. Later he comes to learn that a former test subject left messages that can only be seen by Desmond, foretelling of the end of the world in 2012.

In the story Hamlet, a young man finds himself trying to seek revenge on the murderer of his father. Revenge seems to be the key factor in Hamlet. With the video game Assassin’s Creed however, Desmond is trying to locate a common interest between the Assassins and the Templars, being the Pieces of Eden. I would say that both stories show a great need and greed for power. Hamlet is over ran with madness and is strongly affected by his fathers death while Desmond is stuck between the decision that is best for him or those around him. While the whole world lies in Desmond’s fate, instant gratification lies in Hamlets.

Hamlet is a shy and hesitant young man, but not afraid to make any rash decisions. Shows out to be melancholy, bitter, and cynical, however very dedicated. Most of the story we find him filled with hate of both his uncle and mother. Desmond is repulsive and quick on his feet. He is in shape both physically and mentally, always making quick decisions with positive outcomes. Both characters are the protagonist of their stories.

The antagonist of the story Hamlet is Claudius, his uncle, king, and murderer of Hamlets father, the main source of Hamlets revenge and hatred. Without Claudius, the story of Hamlet would not exist. The antagonist of Assassin’s Creed is Juno, the superior Goddess who is control and need of the Pieces of Eden. She is the main purpose why Desmond does what he does, but still unsure of its righteousness.

“Ironic, isn’t it? That I, your greatest enemy kept you safe from harm. But now you’ve taken my life…and in the process, ended your own!”

~Robert de Sable

(10:49 – 12:30 for Quote)

In the story Hamlet, everyone speaks in a poetic way simply because that is how everyone spoke in that time. More profound and in depth then what we speak today. Having Assassin’s Creed start in the year 2007, the real world dialogue was used however during the fazes where you would go through his memories and play as the men of the Third Crusades, the dialogue would change to their time of language. Also when Juno, the Goddess mentioned before, speaks very profound and seems to make no mistakes in speech. The dialogue changes a lot throughout Assassin’s Creed compared to Hamlet who’s just stays consistent.

The time at which Hamlet is played, the era is around the times of kings and knights. Although Assassin’s Creed jumps into modern day, most of the gameplay is in the early 1000’s. Both stories have similar culture in the way that they both include the times at which kings ruled their kingdoms and power plays a significant role in importance. Men were just as ruthless in both Hamlet and Assassin’s Creed, with there being a little more punishment and consequence for Hamlet.

— Codie Smith

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9 thoughts on “MTI’s Masterpiece Literature Presents: Assassin’s Creed

  1. I understand why this would be a great story, but not to be the bases for this century. Hamlet is a more original story, it is very unique and when you look at assassin’s creed all i can see is the same type of story that you would see anywhere. The fact that Hamlet has more drama is another thing, because in assassin’s creed i don’t see too much drama other than a man being forced to do something. (by the way I love this game and cant talk too much bad about it)

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  2. Hamlet is a very unique story. Assassin’s Creed is somewhat similar to Hamlet. But Hamlet has more drama & there isn’t much drama in Assassin’s. Assassin’s talks with my dialogue than Hamlet because Hamlet is more poetic than anything. Men in both stories are ruthless & have kings who had very much power.

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  3. I agree but I also think that assassin’s creed is not an original story for our time period so many have had the same basic concepts. where as Hamlet is one of a kind and everyone has at least some inters in it. most can relate to at least one character. and not many like assassin’s creed not everyone can find a character to relate to.

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  4. Great connection, i would’ve never compared Hamlet to Assassins Creed, but you did a great job. I agree with some of the comments in the sense that Hamlet has more drama than Assassins Creed, but i also agree with the fact that they are similar in the sense of greed and power. I don’t think this is a story for the basis of the century, but you brought up a lot of good point i never would’ve thought about.

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  5. I agree with what you brought out about the comparison between Assassins Creed and Hamlet. The similarity of power brought the two stories together, however you lacked details specifying the characters. I agree with others how hamlet was more about drama than Assassins Creed was. It was a great example just could of made it better with a stronger conclusion.

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  6. I agree with his with him saying assassins creed is better than hamlet. Assassins creed have more action than hamlet and that what people like to see. The conclusion was ok could of still be better. Over all it was a good story and I agree with his stament

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  7. I agree with the connection between assassins creed and hamlet. Both stories go back to the times of kings, knights and horses. There are few differences that exist between the two such as the dialogue and the personalities of the characters as well internal factors that exist in the stories. Factors like Hamlet is driven on revenge and anger while Desmond Miles is driven on peace and the common good.

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  8. I can see how you may relate Hamlet and Assassin’s Creed, and I feel that they are both similar. Along with the fact that they were both in the same relative time, much closer than now is, Hamlet was mainly looking for revenge where Desmond was looking to help out the masses. . Hamlet was more interested in getting revenge for the assassination of his father and had to be coerced to do so. Desmond was put into the Animus to find the Pieces of Eden and eventually broke free and did good.

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  9. I believe that both stories are great. Although Hamlet was only looking for revenge for his fathers death. On the other hand, Desmond was more like at the wrong place and at the wrong time, trying to do the right thing. I also agree with the above replies, stating that Hamlet was more of a dramatic story, while Assassins Creed is more of a suspense and action story.

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