Hamlet has a desire to go to Wittenberg and Gertrude and Claudius are against it. Why? No blatantly obvious reason shows up in the text. One possibility is that both Claudius and Gertrude were in on the murder and want to keep an eye on Hamlet since he would be most apt to revenge if he found out what really happened. Along those same lines they seem to be extra nice to Hamlet to make him never suspec their treachery. It doesn’t make sense for a mother to pray for her own son to be unlearned; let not thy mother lose her prayers Hamlet…Go not to Wittenberg. This city boasted a well-respected German university and historically a Protestant one. According to Hamlet’s father’s Ghost he was confined to fast in fires till the crimes done in his days of nature were burnt and purg’d away. This statement signifies the Catholic concept of Purgatory. The fact that Hamlet wants to go to a Protestant school introduces an interesting parallel. Shakespeare’s father was a recusant Catholic as historians have concluded from documents. We know Shakespeare belonged to the Holy Trinity Church of England, a Protestant church. Also Shakespeare didn’t complete university and neither does Hamlet. Contrarily, Gertrude’s desire to have Hamlet stay in Denmark could be trying to indicate that Gertrude wants to respect her husband’s memory by insisting Hamlet go to a Catholic school instead. We know the Bard’s son was named Hamnet, if any of HAMLET is quasi-autobiographical. Shakespeare chose to not go to college for no reason regarding Hecuba. Historically Shakespeare was very close with his mother as was Hamnet. Perhaps the last thing Anne said to her son was
good night sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.