William Shakespeare 's ' The Majesty Of Buried Denmark ' Essay

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"What art thou that usurp 'st this time of night,
Together with that fair and warlike form
In which the majesty of buried Denmark" (Hamlet I.i.45-48).

This is significant because of the fact that at the time of Shakespeare, Lutheranism was the state religion of Denmark, which was headed by the royals (such as the characters of the story) (“Religion”).

"Do I impart toward you. For your intent
In going back to school in Wittenberg,
It is most retrograde to our desire:" (Hamlet I.ii.12-14).

This should be of note because of the fact that Protestant reformer Martin Luther had been a professor at the University of Wittenburg (Jones). It is likely that Hamlet had experienced the Protestant teachings coming from the professors because of that.

"What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?" (Hamlet II.ii.327-332).

In this part of the story discusses how in man is capable of doing some much in this world and bring much beauty yet man does not. Note the use of the term "quintessence of dust" which is a reference to God 's action of creating man from dust, which is something man could do, although he does not know how to (NRSV, Gen 2:7).

"The spirit that I have seen may be the devil: and the devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape; yea,…

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