Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Hamlet Senior's Murder by Claudius seems to represent Biblical Stories
Hamlet Senior was murdered by his brother Claudius while he was in a garden laying down. Claudius came and poured poison in his ear to kill him. This sounds a lot like two biblical stories that we are all familiar with. The first is the story of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the garden. A serpent came and told them to eat it. Claudius also blames Hamlet's death on a serpent that bites him in the garden. The other biblical story this reminded me of was Cain and Abel. Just as Cain killing Abel was the murder of one's brother, Claudius also murders his brother. I found it interesting that the play of Hamlet included elements that reminded me so much of Christian Biblical stories. It made me wonder how much religion influenced Shakespeare in his writing.