How is the spiritual realm represented in Hamlet? Specifically reference act 5, scene 2.

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The spiritual realm in Hamlet can be seen as a source of universal truths which govern our earthly behavior. Hamlet's father emerges from this realm as a ghost to tell his son how Claudius murdered him. Later on in the play, Hamlet is reluctant to kill Claudius while he's...

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The spiritual realm in Hamlet can be seen as a source of universal truths which govern our earthly behavior. Hamlet's father emerges from this realm as a ghost to tell his son how Claudius murdered him. Later on in the play, Hamlet is reluctant to kill Claudius while he's at prayer. He's worried that doing so will send his wicked uncle to heaven, rather than to the hell where he belongs. Hamlet takes himself seriously as a Christian prince, which is one of the reasons why he's so reluctant to commit an act of violent revenge on the man who killed his father.

In act 5, scene 2, the very last scene in the play, the spiritual realm is what Laertes and Hamlet will soon be heading after their duel. As Laertes lies dying, Hamlet assures him that God will free him from responsibility for his—Hamlet's—imminent death:

Heaven make thee free of it. I follow thee.— (V ii 327).

God sees all and God forgives all. He is the ultimate source of truth. And Laertes, who is essentially a good man like Hamlet, can go to his grave safe in the knowledge that he isn't responsible for Hamlet's imminent demise. Nor, by the same token is Hamlet responsible for Laertes's death or the death of Laertes's father, Polonius. The blame for everything transpiring lies squarely at the feet of Claudius.

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