Hamlet, Divine Intervention And The Natural Order

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The first part of the theory is that of Divine Intervention - this being the easier of the two parts to explain.This works off the idea that some manner of God or All-Powerful Force does actually exist. Divine Intervention is, therefore, the notion that this God can manipulate the world either through direct or indirect action.In the text and film, for instance, the Ghost comes as a messenger from this God, motivating Hamlet to do its will. This is both an example of direct divine intervention - in the appearance of the Ghost; and indirect divine intervention - as the God uses Hamlet to carry out its deeds.The second part of the concept is the Natural Order of the world. This can be brought down to its base form as: 'What is supposed to happen.' Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. The Natural Order exists always, however is not always followed. This 'breaking away' from the Order is usually the result of Human Intervention, developing one of two outcomes.These are: either the Natural Order is re-aligned, or the world remains a corrupt and terrible place until such time as the first outcome is realised. So, the world is repaired, or an unending loop of badness ensues until it is.In the play, the Order was broken when Claudius killed King Hamlet, and from the opening lines the 'wrongness' that lingers in the air is noted, setting the mood for the remainder of the play: "...'tis bitter cold and I am sick at heart." (I,1,8-9) said Francisco as he was relieved from watch-duty. Also, in the film, these words are greatly aided in their purpose by the images of snow-covered Denmark. Another line, in the fourth act: "something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (I.4.67) reaffirms this mood and goes further to place Francisco's sickness at heart down to a rottenness in Denmark.Now, how the world is realigned with the Natural Order is the link back to the first part of the concept: Humans are the creatures, knowingly or unknowingly, that fix the problems that throw the world out of Order in the first place. In Hamlet, this is the case. Without Divine Intervention, however, Denmark would have remained in a state of malaise:The Ghost, you see, gave Hamlet the one piece of information that was needed to manipulate him into action: That his father, King Hamlet, had been murdered. With this knowledge, Hamlet was able to mould his grief into anger - albeit slowly - and fulfill the will of the God by realigning the Natural Order in Denmark.There are two parallels running: the first from King Fortinbras to Fortinbras and the second from King Hamlet to Hamlet. Both are disrupted, causing not one, but two interlocking lines of Natural Order to be upset. This is, perhaps, the reason Divine Intervention was necessary to fix it; Claudius's murder of King Hamlet gave him power not only over Denmark, but Poland also.As can be seen, the major character that the concept of Divine Intervention and Natural Order can be related to is, or course, Hamlet. He is the most...

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