Christ-Like Behavior of Characters in 'Hamlet'

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Later in the play, he decidedly takes action. Did his actions ultimately align him with Christ or against Christ?
Everyone in this play claims to be a Christian, including Hamlet, Claudius and Gertrude, which is to say that they all put on a show of exercising the forms, prayers and rituals of conventional Christianity even though their actions and morality come up just a little short of the mark. Hamlet believes in an afterlife, and not only because he has seen his father's ghost, but because he says so when he stands behind Claudius when he is at prayer and is ready to kill him. He decides not to because the king was praying for forgiveness and hamlet did not wish to take the chance that he might be admitted to heaven. He preferred to have Claudius linger on earth a while longer so he could continue to sin some more, which might seem somewhat cynical, yet the king turns out to be very obliging by plotting to have Hamlet murdered. Indeed, the death of Claudius is a special case since Hamlet's actions against him could be legally and morally justified as self-defense. He got the king before Claudius could dispose of him, so unless Hamlet was an absolute pacifist it is difficult to deny him the normal legal and ethical right to defend himself.
None of this has much to do with Christianity at all in…
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