Shakespeare’s Hamlet: A Kingdom Without Confession (Conversation with the Classics)

Event details

  • Thursday | February 4, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • Portsmouth Abbey 285 Cory's Lane Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • 401.643.1255

Winter/Spring 2016 Series: The Fractured English Soul

CONVERSATION #1
A KINGDOM WITHOUT CONFESSION: HAMLET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18

What institutions need to be in place for proper political life? How does the church facilitate those needs? Hamlet is Shakespeare’s exploration of the need to reveal our hidden souls and its deeds. Hamlet famously loses possession of himself but he is not the only one in Denmark losing oneself—the whole kingdom of Elsinore as we are told is “rotten.” Men and women live with the secrets of their dark acts, private and political, without the opportunity to cleanse themselves. We will discuss the extent of the rift experienced by the Danes and in what ways Hamlet comments upon our human needs, in particular, our need for atonement.


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