Hamlet: A Tool of a Higher Power
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
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
for the day confined to fast in fires” (1.5.15-16). Also, the spirit explains
porches of his ears. Hamlet is encouraged further by the spirit to take revenge
upon his father’s death.
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
to this scene by pretending to be ill, and later Hamlet sees him in the chapel
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, whereto it goes.”
(3.3.92-98). Now that Hamlet knows that the ghost’s story is true, he
back to avenge his father’s death, and Claudius plans the fatal duel between the
two. Laertes poisons the edge of his sword so that if he merely scratches
Hamlet, it will mean certain death; and after a few rounds, Hamlet receives his
order of things. In the middle of the sword fight, the Queen dies from drinking
another day, he kills the King, thus taking his revenge. Fortinbras, the Prince
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
essence, cause the purification that returned the natural order of things in the
state of Denmark.