The Allegorical Analysis of Shakespeare´s Hamlet Essay

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During the life of William Shakespeare, the Roman Catholic Church was still going through a difficult time of change in England because of an act about thirty years prior due to King Henry VIII. King Henry VIII pleaded to the pope for an annulment because he believed with a new wife he would be able to produce a son since he had not been successful with his current wife. The pope denied his annulment and King Henry VIII was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. He decided to create his own religion called the Church of England. The English people rapidly converted to follow his faith because the remaining Roman Catholics were being persecuted. Shakespeare's parents were Catholic and Shakespeare himself was believed to be Roman …show more content…
During the life of William Shakespeare, the Roman Catholic Church was still going through a difficult time of change in England because of an act about thirty years prior due to King Henry VIII. King Henry VIII pleaded to the pope for an annulment because he believed with a new wife he would be able to produce a son since he had not been successful with his current wife. The pope denied his annulment and King Henry VIII was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. He decided to create his own religion called the Church of England. The English people rapidly converted to follow his faith because the remaining Roman Catholics were being persecuted. Shakespeare's parents were Catholic and Shakespeare himself was believed to be Roman Catholic as well since he was raised in a practicing Roman Catholic household. His knowledge of various beliefs in the Roman Catholic faith are blatantly expressed when read with "new eyes". Shakespeare's plays take new meanings when examined for their allegorical meaning. Religion is expressed all throughout Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet. Examining Shakespeare's plays with "new eyes" and looking for the allegorical meaning, various Roman Catholic teachings and stories are found throughout the entirety of Hamlet. Hamlet when read for it's allegorical meaning takes on a whole new meaning. King Hamlet symbolically represents the pope and Claudius is King Henry VIII. King Hamlet was betrayed by his beloved brother just as the pope was

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