The battle between good and evil presents itself throughout William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet in numerous ways. Throughout the play, Hamlet’s struggle to follow his moral values and beliefs is evident. Hamlet can be viewed as a strong character with good intentions but had fallen vulnerable for his need to avenge his father’s death, King Hamlet. Seeking vengeance for king Hamlets death is viewed as dishonorable under the eyes of God but shows that Hamlet is as susceptible to sin as any other character in the play. Therefore, Hamlets character is caught between his Christian faith and the need to avenge his father’s death.
The background behind the play of Hamlet has Christianity throughout every scene. Beginning with Prince Hamlet encountering the ghost of his father, with this encounter comes Hamlets decision to extract revenge by swearing to kill whoever murdered his father, which is later proven to be his uncle Claudius, who is granted rule after King Hamlet’s death. Hamlet is cautious at first with the ghost because of the counteractions he would have on his moral values following the talk. “In the play, it is hamlet’s failure to revenge the murder of his father that drives the plot forward and the deaths of all the major characters all come into play with hamlet’s delay” (Jamieson). Horatio voice’s his opinion after Hamlet’s confession to him of his deceased father who has appeared to him as a ghost and is sworn to secrecy, Horatio implies that it is against the Lord by stating "I'll speak to it but though Hell itself should separate And bid me hold my peace" (Shakespeare). It was known at the time that Christianity forbade followers to communicate with the deceased, contributing to Hamlet’s struggle with his faith.
The struggle Hamlet faced on whether or not to follow God’s word weighed heavily on him. Hamlet is made aware of the fact that angels, demons, and ghosts ensue in the human world even as his conscious is questioning Christian ideas about the afterlife. “The Bible teaches us that there are indeed spirit beings that can connect with and appear in our physical world. The Bible identifies these beings as angels and demons. Angels are spirit beings who are faithful in serving God. Demons are fallen angels, angels who rebelled against God. Demons are evil, deceptive, and destructive” (New Jerusalem Bible).
In the play there are many examples of heaven, hell and purgatory that aspire throughout the scenes. “The ghost himself claims to come from purgatory but not from heaven or hell. While both heaven and hell were places of eternal reward or punishment” (Kay). “Purgatory was a place where sins could gradually, atoned for after death” (www.dictionary.com). In the play Hamlet, readers are made to believe that King Hamlet’s soul is stuck neither in heaven nor hell, but in purgatory. There are many reasons why we can assume that King Hamlet’s ghost is stuck in purgatory. The main assumption as to why King Hamlet is stuck in...