The dramatist does indeed direct us to regard the killing of Polonius in two aspects at once : it is a sudden, unpremeditated attack made by Hamlet; and at the same time it is of Heaven I do repent ; but Heaven hath pleased it so To punish me with this and this with me. Initially this was in the form of Christian humanism, as opposed to the secular humanism of today. It is not enough to reply that he is destroyed simply because he has failed to destroy Claudius first. This will help to keep students' voices heard, at least on paper, before they are ready to express their opinions more openly in discussion format later on. After Gertrude drinks from the poisoned cup, Hamlet discovers that the fight he is partaking in has all been an elaborate hoax to lure him into his own death. The death of her father Polonius at Catholic Hamlet's hand drives her mad and causes her to take her own life.
This struggle of opposite realities became the groundwork for his plays: His remarkable religious allusiveness, and the knowledge of Protestant and Catholic doctrine that it reveals, imply a dramatist interested in religious issues…For Shakespeare to incorporate shifting representations of conflicting religious viewpoints…suggested to me that he was either careless or indifferent or mindfully engaged in juxtaposing and melding Protestant and Catholic doctrinal viewpoints to create his art. If his father was both Catholic and Protestant, William Shakespeare was on his way to being neither. God be at your table. Her death signifies the poisoning of Christianity in England with Protestant ideas. Or if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them.
Roland Mushat Frye, Shakespeare and the Christian Doctrine Princeton: Princeton University, 1963 , 63. Hamlet surely has his faults, and his principal fault is that he hesitated too long in the matter of his revenge. We can also see the influence of pagan ideas on Christianity represented by Polonius who is an adviser to the King and Queen. So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is one of the most famous tragedies William Shakespeare has ever written. It has been a very rich and rewarding experience to do this review. He implies a premarital sexual relationship between two young lovers.
Afterlife plays a big role in Hamlet and is discussed throughout the play. They must go in hiding and secretly practice their faith, just as Hamlet must disguise his true intentions in the play. But as Hamlet actually begins to pursue revenge against Claudius, he discovers that the codes of conduct themselves don't fit together. There is much to discuss in this scene. Claudius is the source of the evil. Roy Battenhouse Bloomington: Indiana University, 1994 , 404.
Two of the main characters in this play, Hamlet and King Claudius, are constantly acting as something other than their true nature. It appears to me that Shakespeare is offering up a prophetic vision of some future king that will restore Catholicism to England once the cycle of violence has reached its conclusion. It takes a man with qualities such as Hamlet to run a kingdom like Denmark. Activities In-Class Writing: As the teacher instructs students on religion, the teacher should remember that these religious concepts and religious history are sensitive matters. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 289, 375-381 38. Trinity, Crucifixion, the Last Supper, Peter's Denial, Judas' Betrayal: Act I. In Hamlet there are many examples of foreshadowing.
Claudius becomes nervous when he sees the play and leaves the celebration. In Hamlet's case, such conundrums are debilitating and cause a frustrating, eventually fatal lack of action. This holds true for the character Polonius, who is often incorrectly portrayed as a oblivious and foolish yet caring father. It caught my eye my ear actually that Horatio was also a student at Wittenberg along with Hamlet. King Claudius realizes that he offends God by breaking one of the Ten Commandments in killing his brother Hamlet. Ah the timelessness of it! Perhaps he also gave this advice to Claudius. We also see in Horatio's comments regarding suicide the continuing struggle between pagan and Christian forces.
Time after time either in some significant patterning or with some phrase pregnant with irony he makes us realizes that these people are partners in disaster. In fact, Hamlet was not like this; that is what he has become. We should all thank God that the Church has remained committed to this teaching. Yet in the areas of virtue, morality, or ethics, all acknowledged to play a role in the development of human character, religion may be found to be inextricably linked. Her love for her son shines through every line she speaks; this, and her affection for Ophelia, shows the Gertrude that might have been, if a mad passion had not swept her into the arms of Claudius. Ophelia emphasizes the severity of refusing Christ, because while we may know what we are, only Christ knows what we may be.
We get the impression that the tragedy lies in the fact that a fine man like Hamlet should be drawn down into the gulf, and that the poison let loose in Denmark should destroy indiscriminately the good,, the bad, and the indifferent. This runs parallel to Peter's flawed reaction when Christ is arrested - he cuts off the priest's ear before Jesus stops him and makes him put away his sword. Kitto argues that this play should be treated as religious drama and that, if thus treated, it certainly does not lose either in significance or in artistic integrity. Seven Holy Sacraments37: Students need to know about the functions of the Seven Sacraments in the Christian Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony, with particular attention paid to the Last Rites: how the ill person laments his sins before God, how God's forgiveness initiates the healing, and how this exchange prepares the ill person for death. Thus, if Hamlet, in a church, were to be performing the sacrament of reconciliation at the time Laertes murdered him, Hamlet could technically go to heaven because of his part in the sacrament of Last Rites. Reading Now, after learning the necessary religious background and religious concepts, the students are ready to read the play through a religious lens. As Hamlet is given the perfect opportunity to take revenge, he is stopped, not by his own love for human life, but by religion.