Hamlet Allusions Essays

1086 Words Mar 9th, 2013 5 Pages
Jake Nevins
3/15/13
English foundations honors 2
Mrs. Muratori

Research paper hamlet
INTRO
Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare where the main character, Hamlet,
Thesis: In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet mythological and biblical allusions informs us of Hamlet’s inevitable fall.

Throughout the play, Hamlet uses many mythological allusions to show his feelings towards other characters such as Claudius, Gertrude and the old king as well as inform us of his “fall”. After Queen Gertrude is re-married to Claudius, Hamlet shows his feelings when he compares the late King Hamlet to Claudius. Hamlet tells his mother, "So excellent a king, that was to this / Hyperion to a satyr." (Ham. I ii 139-40). This
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Thus he feels he is very different from Hercules because of Hercules' strength and courage. Hercules was a warrior who acted on impulse and charged passionately into battles without thinking. Unlike Hercules, Hamlet is thinker struggles to try to understand things. This allusion informs us about how Hamlet thinks about himself and his eventual fall. Hamlet sees himself as the opposite of Hercules, a strong and courageous warrior, and finish nd relate to thesis.
Through all five acts, Hamlet also alludes to biblical values and beliefs which display his faith and his inability to take action leading to his inevitable “fall” into madness. The presence of King Hamlet's ghost shows a Christian belief in that after physical death, the soul goes to either Heaven or Hell based on the sins committed during one's lifetime. Because Claudius wrongfully murdered King Hamlet out of selfishness, his soul was doomed to eternal damnation in Hell until his death could be avenged. Hamlet loved his father and thought about him as god-like figure although the Ghost could be interpreted as an evil spirit. The Ghost in Hamlet (Hamlets actual father) caused Hamlet to perform his evil deeds which were to avenge his death. These deeds caused the death of Hamlet’s family, friends, and eventually

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