William Shakespeare 's ' The Morality Of Hamlet- ' Sweet Prince Or ' Arrant Knave ' Essay

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A literary critic of Hamlet, Patrick Cruttwell, explores in his writing titled The morality of Hamlet- ‘Sweet Prince or ‘Arrant Knave’? the purpose of religion during Elizabethan times to set moral value sets that often conflicted with man’s nature. Additionally, Cruttwell states the actions in the play aggressively clash with the religious values of the time period. Shakespeare illustrates throughout the play that not abiding by the only moral structure of the time period, religion, man is doomed to self destruction by giving into his chaotic Dionysian nature. Shakespeare sets up this necessity for religion in Laertes’ monologue in Act One, Scene Three, Laertes warns his sister about the true nature of all men, specifically regarding Hamlet. Shakespeare utilizes interaction to speak to unpredictability of human nature and alludes to the necessity of the structured nature of religion to prevent humanity from inflicting utter devastation upon itself. Throughout this monologue, Shakespeare compares man to the “this temple of waxes” and a nature that is “crescent”(I.III.35-36). By utilizing this heavenly imagery, Shakespeare illustrates not only the specific concerns of Laertes that Hamlet love is only temporary lust, like a burning candle or the cycles of the moon, but this inherent unpredictability of human nature alive in us all. Additionally, though this image of the moon paired with the historical context of the time that humans had no idea how the celestial bodies

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