Hamlet Allusions Essays
English foundations honors 2
Research paper hamlet
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 …show more content…
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