Why do Claudius and Getrude want Hamlet to stay in Denmark?

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 trying to be extra nice to Hamlet so that he never suspects their treachery . It doesn’t make sense for a mother to pray for her son tonot to get an education? let not thy mother lose her prayers Hamlet…Go not to Wittenberg was a 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 my days of nature are burnt and purg’d away. This statement signifies a Catholic concept of Purgatory  and the likelihood  that Hamlet’s father was Catholic. The fact that Hamlet wants to go to a Protestant school introduces an interesting parallel. Shakespeare’s father was a closet Catholic as historians have indubitably  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 deceased husband’s memory by having Hamlet go to a Catholic school as her deceased husband probably would have pushed for, as opposed to The Protestant church in Wittenberg which was against his father’s beliefs. We know the Bard’s son was named Hamnet, and if any of HAMLET is quasi-autobiographical. Shakespeare didn’t go to college because he didn’t want to disappoint his mother. Historically Shakespeare was very close with his mother as was Hamnet.


One thought on “Why do Claudius and Getrude want Hamlet to stay in Denmark?

  1. Your analysis of Why Hamlet did not go to Wittenberg is very interesting. Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you liked the story, ‘Shakespeare’s Will.’ This seems to be the preferred title so far

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