Christianity During The Sixteenth And Eighteenth Century Essay

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Christianity in the sixteenth and seventeenth century illuminated new tolerance and deep conflict. The literature published around this time that involved religion and Christianity was generally controversial in nature. This includes Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, which focuses around the title character and his quest to avenge his father’s death. After the wedding between his mother, Queen Gertrude, and his uncle, Claudius, Hamlet soon finds out Claudius murdered his father. He vows to kill Claudius so that his father 's spirit can finally move on. But, Hamlet fears for what is to happen to him in the afterlife if he does commit murder. The play is full of regicide, incest, adultery, and suicide. Due to the nature of this play and historically when it was written, it is accurate that the content would be controversial religiously, filled with prime examples of the seven deadly sins: lust, envy, greed, sloth, gluttony, pride and wrath.
Lust, or lechery, is having the intense sexual desire to be with someone, which may lead to many sexual, immoral acts. Lust is best represented in Hamlet as the relationship between Queen Gertrude and King Claudius. After King Hamlet is murdered, Gertrude quickly marries her late husband’s brother, Claudius. The titular character even states that his mother got remarried with “ most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets” ( 1. 2. 155-156) and sheds light on the lecherous, undignified nature of this marriage. Though the…

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