Hamlet: A Tool of a Higher Power Essay

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Hamlet: A Tool of a Higher Power


Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet, it seems that a higher spiritual power is

influencing the events taking place in the state of Denmark.  A ghost of the

recently deceased King Hamlet appears to Young Hamlet telling him of his "most

foul and most unnatural murder" (1.5.30). This begins a chain of events leading

up to the martyrdom of Hamlet, and the spiritual cleansing of the throne of



Firstly, Hamlet sees the evil and contemptible state of life in Denmark.

Gertrude, Hamlet's mother and the Queen of Denmark, marries his Uncle soon after

the death of his father. ". . .The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth

the marriage tables" (1.2.189-90). 
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Because Hamlet is a philosopher and a dreamer, illustrated in his famous 'To be

or not to be' speech (3.1.64-98), he needs additional proof before he takes his

revenge on Claudius.  To prove this, Hamlet has the players act out a scene that

was close to the ghost's story about the death of King Hamlet.  Claudius reacts

to this scene by pretending to be ill, and later Hamlet sees him in the chapel

confessing his sins through prayer.  He does not kill Claudius at this point

because he has purged his soul of his sins, and will go to heaven, Hamlet would

rather kill him when


          "he is drunk asleep; or in his rage;

          Or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed;

          At gaming, swearing, or about some act

          That has no relish if salvation in't-

          Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven,

          And that his soul be damned and black

          as Hell,

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