Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet ' Essay

1452 Words Nov 15th, 2016 6 Pages
From start to finish, the play Hamlet contains varying degrees of conflicts and dilemmas. These conflicts range from the external combat between Denmark and Norway, to Hamlet’s inner turmoil over avenging his father 's death by killing Claudius. Although religion plays a supporting role to the play, it still contains conflict between religious views. Throughout Hamlet, Shakespeare offers both Protestant and Catholic concepts, yet the play should be considered primarily Catholic for four reasons. Shakespeare 's personal experiences and family’s and own religious beliefs, were Catholic. There was necessity to disguise Catholic elements due to the political environment of Elizabethan England. Finally, the Protestant elements playing minor roles compared to the Catholic elements within the play.
Albeit born much later than Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway stated, “In order to write about life first you must live it” (goodreads); it appears Shakespeare might agree with Hemingway’s statement, judging from his incorporation of personal experiences and family’s religious beliefs within Hamlet. A main personal experience that affected Shakespeare’s writing was the death of close family members including his son, Hamnet, who died on August 9, 1956. Although Shakespeare had meager interaction within his son’s life span of eleven years, and probably had desensitization to death because of the high mortality rate at the time, Stephen Greenblatt argues that Hamnet’s death influenced…

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