Analysis Of God And Angels In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Assertion 4: In Hamlet, it is clear that Shakespeare presents the reader with the supernatural beings of God and Angels. A big part of Hamlet’s actions were purely based on the Catholic beliefs which were instilled in the society which he was apart of. Even though Hamlet often had conflicting views in regards to his religious beliefs and morality views, his Christian beliefs guided him through his plans for revenge against Claudius and his decisions about his life. In Hamlet’s contemplation on whether he should end his life or not he states, “Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fix 'd, His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God, God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on ’t, ah fie! 'Tis an unweeded garden That grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature” (Shakespeare I.ii). In Hamlet’s most famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy , Hamlets reveals that he is contemplated suicide. However he is stopped not only by the thought of revenge but because of the fixed law that one cannot commit suicide to enter the gates of heaven. He wishes God had not created the law against suicide just so that he could end his life and still go to heaven. Here, Shakespeare not only uses God but also the laws created by Him to represent Hamlet’s supergo in the sense that it represents Hamlet’s conscience telling him that while suicide may seem like the best option

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