The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay examples

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In The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Shakespeare, man’s motivations are criticized. Man can act in regards with his beliefs, his passions, and for greed. Hamlet believes strongly in God and heaven; therefore, Hamlet is an example of man acting with regards to his beliefs. As well as, Laertes and Hamlet are examples of men acting with regards for passion. Laertes starts to choke Hamlet out of his passion for the deaths of Ophelia and Polonius. Finally, Claudius is an example of a man that acts for his greed. Man’s motivations for actions derive Hamlet’s criticism.
Hamlet strongly believes in God. Hamlet exhibits this belief by saying, “He that made us with such large discourse,” (IV.iv.38). Hamlet acknowledges that there is an omnipotent being, which he says is the Creator. Hamlet also shows his belief in heaven and hell with his interaction with Claudius. When Hamlet attempts to kill Claudius while Claudius was praying, he says that he can’t kill Claudius because he has to send Claudius to hell. Finally, it shows that Hamlet believes in purgatory because the ghost says,
Doomed for a certain term to walk the night / and for the day confined to fast in fires till the foul crimes done in my days of nature / are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid / to tell the secrets of my prison house (I.v.17-18).
Purgatory is place where men work off their sins before entering heaven. The ghost has to repent for his sins, so the ghost goes to Hamlet to attempt to have…

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