act 1 scene 5


what part of king hamlets murder seem the most horrific to hamlet? what does this reveal about the elizabethans beliefs about death?


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Hamlet is shocked that his father was murdered while he was taking a nap. This meant that he had not yet said his prayers and hence was sent to his account (to God) with all his sins still upon his head. This means that he must exist in a sort of purgatory until all his sins are "burned and purged away."