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Hamlet: Protestantism vs Catholicism

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Suicide • Suicide, to Roman Catholics, was, and is, a serious sin and considered truly evil.
• The reason for suicide might affect how much guilt the person has to bear, like if the person had a serious mental disorder, or if it was intentional compare to unintentional
• To be guilty of suicide the person must clearly understand that it is forbidden, be in full possession of his/her reason, and make the choice to commit the act with full freedom and deliberation.
• Suicide is not a sin, however, if the person willingly puts themselves in a dangerous situation in order to preach the Gospel. (martyrdom) Ghosts • Ghosts exist! Between Earth and heaven, they go to a place called purgatory, where they are purged of their sins before they go into heaven.
• Ghosts appear on Earth to go to masses and recruit people to pay for them.
• Ghosts always have a purpose- they look for something that will help them rest in peace. Suicide • Suicide was more common for Protestants than for Roman Catholics. It was just as much a sin, but there are reasons why the Protestant suicide rate was higher.
• Protestants thought that salvation depended more on faith and God's grace than one's sins and/or good deeds.
• Because of the several denominations of Protestantism, there was less of a central religious community.
• Protestants did not have a formal confession, so their fear of suicide was lessened. Ghosts • Protestants did not believe in purgatory!
• They thought that salvation was faith-based and that it was only by God's grace and mercy that one went to heaven. Only unrepentant sinners went to hell.
• Purgatory, to them, was a Roman Catholic scam.
• The popular belief in ghosts did not die, though; protestants still believed in ghosts, but they thought ghosts were apparitions tempting them to sin. Catholicism and Protestantism in Hamlet Brittany Hadden & Alice Tran Protestantism Roman Catholicism Hamlet Ghosts Shakespeare had to make his readers believe in the ghost of Hamlet while the country was trying to decide between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, so he used elements of both.
He proves the ghost's existence with Horatio's initial skepticism and eventual belief.
The ghost of Hamlet appeared to be Roman Catholic, since he is in purgatory. Also, he was murdered without his last rites. Lastly, he has a purpose for being on Earth, which will help him rest in peace.
Hamlet is an implied Protestant. He goes to school in Wittenberg, which is where Martin Luther did most of his study. Denmark was also a Protestant country starting in 1536.
Although the ghost is there to seek something to help him rest in peace, he is prompting Hamlet to commit sins. In this way, he acts as a ghost of both Protestant and Roman Catholic religions.
Hamlet waits to kill Claudius because he wants Claudius to suffer as much as his father, King Hamlet. He wants to wait until Claudius had committed a sin that he had yet to confess. Suicide Hamlet continually contemplates suicide throughout the play, but most likely, if given the chance, he wouldn't actually do so.
He was against suicide because it was a mortal sin against God, so he would end up in Purgatory or Hell (Roman Catholic belief!), or who knows where else.; basically, he was frightened of the unknown. Also, he wouldn't have been able to get revenge against Claudius.
Another character is assumed to have have committed suicide, after they develop a mental disorder. (The death is debated as suicide, accident, or murder).
This character does not brood over and think about the consequences of suicide as much as Hamlet does. This character was denied full burial rights by the church as a result.
Yet another character considers suicide, but is talked out of it by Hamlet. This character is about to lose someone important to them and doesn't want to live without them. Sources http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2011/10/a-catholic-ghost-story/
http://www.umdcatholic.org/Northern%20Cross/Suicide.pdf
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14326b.htm
http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?21589-Suicide-in-Hamlet
http://voices.yahoo.com/the-christianity-hamlet-4671843.html?cat=38
http://faculty.history.wisc.edu/sommerville/367/367-102.htm
http://www.thearda.com/asrec/archive/papers/Becker_Protestantism_Suicide.pdf
http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=eng_honproj
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_Catholic_Church's_teaching_on_suicide_and_when_was_this_developed
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