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). Depressed, and most likely confused, Hamlet
speaks his first soliloquy in the play, else named 'the dram of evil' speech,
". . . Frailty, thy name is woman!—
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she followed my poor father's body
Like Niobe, all tears—why she, even she
married with my uncle . . .
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
It is not, nor it can not come to good."
(1.2.152-158,163-4). In addition, Hamlet sees the corruption in
Denmark when the ghost of his recently deceased father appears to him. The
ghost claims that...
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...een dies from drinking
Hamlet's poisoned drink, and when Hamlet realized he is not going to live to see
another day, he kills the King, thus taking his revenge. Fortinbras, the Prince
of Norway, takes over the throne, while Horatio (Hamlet's one true friend) tells
the story of the awful, evil deeds done in the state of Denmark.
Furthermore, the deaths of the nobility of Denmark act as a sort of 'spiritual
cleansing', meaning that all the wrong-doing had been revenged and paid for by
the deeds at the end of the play. All the evil, and the foul doings of Denmark
had been absolved by the deaths of the main characters. Hamlet is also
considered a martyr because he was a good person who died, so that he could, in
essence, cause the purification that returned the natural order of things in the
state of Denmark.
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