God: an Absent Presence in the House of Denmark

This essay explores the paradox of God’s absent presence in Hamlet. Accepting that Hamlet is the product of a time and place that accepted the existence of the Christian God, this essay does not seek to argue God’s existence in the play, but to explore the nature of God’s relationship with the characters, one where God is present in the language and conversation of the characters, but not physically nor interventionally present. Using Roland Barthes’ poststructurally linguist work in “Death of the Author,” and “From Work to Text” as a starting point to understand the complex relationship of God to the world in Hamlet, this essay is able to discern and analyze the consequences that that relationship holds for human freedom and free will. Have I scared you off yet? Brave souls, click below.

God: an Absent Presence in the House of Denmark