finalhamlet (1) Essay Hamlet Religious Belief And Doctrine

Joey Robinson
Mrs. Carter
9th, February 2015
AP Literature
I’ll Make a Ghost of Him That Lets Me: Redeeming the Lost
In an attempt to “[Take] restitution for the murder of the king”, Prince Hamlet of
Denmark devotes his life to avenging his father.
 is a revenge tragedy, the
revenger is condemned from the start. While his fate (and that of everyone else) is
certain, the events that set the foundation are the reasons for which Hamlet is a
revenger. At the very moment he vows to “wipe away all trivial fond records” (H I. vi.),
his fate is sealed. As all Elizabethan revenge tragedies go, the revenger is condemned
for death. However, the recompense of his father’s death quickly turns into the sole
purpose of his existence.
This is first evi
ent in Hamlet’s reaction to finding out about the death of his
father. Understandably, he becomes very depressed. This is more salt in the incestuous
wound in which he survives. He wishes himself to the same fate as the late King.
However, Hamlet’s religion decides him against the idea of suicide. He regrets “that the
Everlasting had not fix’d His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter.” (H I. ii.) Due to God’s stance
on suicide, Hamlet regretfully refrains from reaping his own existence. This opens up
the door for Hamlet to become a revenger, settling for nothing less than redemption for
his father. He reminisces on how great his father was, not only as a king, but as a
person in general. As Hamlet discusses this, he uses a metaphor that will later be
repeated throughout the story. Hamlet says that his life “’Tis an unwed garden That