Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We ended class today unable to identify the biblical allusion in the quote, "Not a while, we defy augury. There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow." I've done some research online and uncovered this exciting mystery. The quote alludes to one of Jesus's parables in Matthew where Jesus states, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your father." I believe that Jesus's parable demonstrates God's awareness of all things and his divine power over all. Hamlet is basically telling Horatio that he is now confiding in divine providence over human initiative.

What do ya'll think?

1 comment:

chrissy said...

Nice finding Blaine. I think this allusion to the Bible is a key turn in Hamlet's character. His "to be or not to be" speech explains Hamlet's fear of death. However, this speech shows how he is no longer afraid of death. If it is his time to die, then it should happen. "Let Be."