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
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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