Essay on Corruption of Christianity in Shakespeares, Hamlet

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In the play Hamlet, the motif of suicide is used throughout the play to shine a light on the corruption of Christianity and the implications of suicide and the after-life and the effect it has on one’s relationship with God. It accomplishes this through the use of allusions and metaphors and the development of multiple characters relationships with God throughout the play as they go through the challenges and experiences that are present within Hamlet. In Hamlet, the act of suicide is a motif, however it is also an act that Hamlet himself cannot commit in order for this story to fit the role of a revenge tragedy. If Hamlet were to commit suicide, the ghost of Hamlet’s father would not have his work fulfilled by Hamlet. The late Hamlet’s…show more content…
In the play Hamlet, the motif of suicide is used throughout the play to shine a light on the corruption of Christianity and the implications of suicide and the after-life and the effect it has on one’s relationship with God. It accomplishes this through the use of allusions and metaphors and the development of multiple characters relationships with God throughout the play as they go through the challenges and experiences that are present within Hamlet. In Hamlet, the act of suicide is a motif, however it is also an act that Hamlet himself cannot commit in order for this story to fit the role of a revenge tragedy. If Hamlet were to commit suicide, the ghost of Hamlet’s father would not have his work fulfilled by Hamlet. The late Hamlet’s ghost comes back to tell Hamlet that his father was killed by Claudius. This bad news leads to Hamlet contemplating suicide, along with the pressure of the recent marriage of his mother and his uncle, Claudius. While we can see the side of Hamlet that is indecisive and cowardly, we can take into account that he thoroughly goes through the pros and cons of life vs. death. In college, Hamlet studied theology, and this led to the strengthening of his religious relationship with God. When the revealing of his father’s death by his brothers hands occurs, the ancient curse of Cain and Abel is placed on Claudius, and it casts a shadow of anxiety and uneasiness upon Hamlet throughout the play. There are multiple religious connections to Hamlet
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