Purgatory in the Elizabethan era. Through the different views on Purgatory in the Elizabethan era, it can be argued whether the ghost of King Hamlet was the true King or just a demon in manifestation. Katrina Kostecki. Purgatory. In the Elizabethan Era, there was the evocations of:
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Purgatory in the Elizabethan era
Through the different views on Purgatory in the Elizabethan era, it can be argued whether the ghost of King Hamlet was the true King or just a demon in manifestation.
In the Elizabethan Era, there was the evocations of:
Heaven, Hell and Purgatory(Waters 1).
Purgatory was compared to Hell since they both were places for sinners to go, but spirits in Purgatory could move onto Heaven when they were forgiven for their sins.
Spirits in Purgatory were still connected to God and could go back to Heaven with him. Only Catholics believed in Purgatory.
Spirits in Hell were sinners that were not connected to Heaven and forever lived with their sins with the devil.
Different audience members could view this play differently:
Through the eyes of a Catholic, they could indicate that King Hamlet’s ghost was indeed himself and he came back to ask for repentance of his murder.
Although, through the eyes of a Protestant, this ghost could actually be a demon from Hell that comes to tempt Hamlet into committing revenge to a crime that might not even be true.