There are several incidents of religious alliterations and/or references in the play Hamlet. The play not only reflects the chaotic religious atmosphere of Elizabethan times, but also it makes use of the common sense about religion to strengthen the major themes of the play.
There are three different interpretations of the ghost of the King Hamlet:
- The ghost is real, and it is a soul -This interpretation says that King Hamlet’s soul stuck in the Purgatory, which exists according to only Catholic belief; not Protestant. This interpretation is backed up by the fact that the ghost is visible to multiple people.
- The ghost is real, but it is a demon trying to fool Hamlet –This interpretation refers to the fact that the great tragedy of Hamlet starts with the appearance of the ghost (i.e. its existence lead to tragedy), and it is, too, supported by the fact that ghost is visible to multiple characters.
- The ghost is a hallucination –This interpretation may be confirmed because when King Hamlet’s ghost comes while Hamlet and Gertrude are talking, only Hamlet sees it.
One of the reasons why Hamlet is angry at King Claudius is that Hamlet believes Claudius killed King Hamlet without he has the chance to pray, and when he has the chance, Hamlet does not kill Claudius because he has been praying. Three steps of absolution are:
- Confession –confess what you did,
- Contrition –feel sorry for what you did,
- Restitution –make up for what you did.