The Influence Of Hamlet On Society

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Our culture influences everything that we do. It moulds our thoughts, hopes and dreams and essentially is the foundation our minds. It is what inspires musicians such as Franz Schubert, architecture throughout the world, and artists like Michelangelo. Therefore, the Elizabethan culture was the inspiration of the most famous playwright in the history of mankind, William Shakespeare. Just like any other artist who wishes to make a living out of their talent, Shakespeare knew that he had to attract and satisfy his audiences by creating stories that “hit home” with them. He had to do so by creating plots, themes and motives that the Elizabethans could understand. The effects of Shakespeare’s Hamlet were caused by the Elizabethan culture’s... View More »

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He showed them that any other women in their time would experience the same fate. Perhaps the effects of this passage made men appreciate women more, or even show fathers that they just need to allow their daughters be women.
Along with the “Great Chain of Being,” which organized all life on earth in a hierarchal order, religion was one of the influences involved in the production of Hamlet. Because the Elizabethan’s culture was based on religion, Shakespeare had to create characters in Hamlet with the traditions of the Lutheran church, which was the dominant religion of that time in England. Elizabethans believed that God judged every deed done by man and that if one sinned without confessing before they died, they would suffer in purgatory, or even hell, for all eternity. In fact, this idea was the catalyst of the entire play. If Hamlet hadn’t avenged his father’s death, King Hamlet would suffer in purgatory forever because Claudius killed him before he had the chance to confess his sins to God. Claudius not only broke the sixth commandment “thou shall not kill,” but also caused the King, someone above him in the chain, to suffer in purgatory for all eternity. Therefore, Claudius is the story’s villain. In fact, it is believed that King Claudius is named after the Roman emperor, Claudius I, who at that time, the Elizabethans identified as an evil ruler. After his uncle, Caligula, was assassinated, Claudius I succeeded him and became the next Emperor of the Roman Empire. His downfall was that he allowed his wife, Messalina, to command the deaths of many Senate members. ...

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