Themes Of Deception, Revenge, And Betrayal Essay

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Apocalyptic Hamlet
In the development of the storyline of Hamlet, William Shakespeare develops underlying themes of deception, revenge, and betrayal through the characters and scenarios of the 1601 play. Under the New Historicism literary criticism, Shakespeare is concluded to have been connected to the Catholic resistance and, under this conclusion, the religious aspects of Shakespeare’s knowledge of the Catholic beliefs is evident throughout the play. An interesting aspect that can be drawn from Hamlet is the idea that the apocalyptic fall of the world will lead to the salvation of all fundamentally good people. This theme is also seen in Shakespeare’s the Tragedy of Julius Caesar with the fall of Caesar and Marcus Brutus, and Shakespeare’s poem the Rape of Lucrece, with the poem alluding to the fall of the Tarquins and the rise of the Roman Republic. In noticing these connections, one can come to the conclusion that there is a trend between the fall of an empire in one of Shakespeare’s works and the start of a new empire in the new piece Shakespeare starts afterwards. And, in the view of New Historicism, one can make a connection between the trend of falling and rising empires to the Second Coming of Christ. Shakespeare’s knowledge of Catholicism is enough to support the Second Coming in Hamlet because the appearance of the Ghost as an omen of the end of Denmark, and the fall of Denmark representation the Apocalypse, and finally, the connection between Horatio and the…

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