The Delay of Regicide with Hamlet due to Religion

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark:
The Delay of Regicide with Hamlet due to Religion

Killian David Mustain

Senior English
Mr. Steve Rivas: Period 6
March 16th, 2012

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark:
The Delay of Regicide with Hamlet Due to Religion
William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark can be considered one of the most influential and powerful tragedies that the English language has been blessed with. Shakespeare’s longest play embellishes the revenge that Prince Hamlet must partake in by killing his uncle for murdering his father, King Hamlet of Denmark. This tragedy, which was first performed between the years 1600-1601, is still considered one of Shakespeare’s best works and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance list since 1879. With Hamlet written during a time of religious upheaval and the wake of the English Reformation, Shakespeare wrote this play with more purpose of Catholic and Protestant views. Major connections shown in the play, which shows Catholic characteristics, is the Ghost and the burial ceremony that is given to Ophelia. Some scholars have observed that revenge tragedies are native to traditional Catholic countries such as Italy and Spain; and they present a contradiction, since according to Catholic doctrine the leading responsibility that a Catholic has is to God and family. Hamlet’s challenge, then, is whether his shall be avenging his father and killing his Uncle Claudius, or to leave this vengeful act to God, as his religion requires. Religion also embodies on a major part in this play through Hamlet’s procrastination. Prince Hamlet delayed killing his uncle due to religion portrayed in this play Dealing with Procrastination of Skills Ahead touches on the fact that Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, “to be, or not to be,” shows the struggle of the Prince of Denmark with procrastination throughout this play. With the longing answer on whether Hamlet eradicates...
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