Hamlet heaven - whereto it goes”(Shakespeare III.iii...

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Morales Heaven When considering heaven as a symbol, it typically represents penultimate goodness, hope, and compassion; but in Hamlet, references to Heaven are quickly and ironically juxtaposed with references to evil or corruption. First, Hamlet refuses to kill Claudius at one point because “he is a-praying” (Shakespeare III.iii 78). According to Hamlet’s logic, “to take him in the purging of the soul” (Shakespeare III.iii 90) would not be revenge. Instead, Hamlet wants to catch Claudius in a devious act so that Claudius’ “soul may be as damned and black/ as hell
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Unformatted text preview: whereto it goes” (Shakespeare III.iii 99-100). Next, Hamlet invokes Heaven in an uncanny way because he equates heaven with his dark purposes: to avenge his father, denounce his mother, and criticize his uncle. “O all you host of heaven! / I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,…/ And thy[King Hamlet’s Ghost] commandment all alone shall live/ O most pernicious woman! /O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!” (Shakespeare I.v 99, 109, 111-12)....
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