allusion in hamlet - Oh my offence is rank It smells to heaven It hath the primal eldest curse upon t A brothers murder Pray can I not Though

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Oh, my offence is rank. It smells to heaven. It hath the primal eldest curse upon ’t, A brother’s murder. Pray can I not. Though inclination be as sharp as will, My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect. What if this cursèd hand Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood? Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what’s in prayer but this twofold force, To be forestallèd ere we come to fall Or pardoned being down? Then I’ll look up. My fault is past. But oh, what form of prayer Can serve my turn, “Forgive me my foul murder”? In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet , the use of biblical allusion in (3.3.37-53) aids to develop the dominant theme that mankind’s actions are molded by their incentives. In this passage, Claudius explains how is crime is so rotten that it stinks all the way to heaven and how it has the mark of “Cain” on it. Claudius then goes on
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