Hamlet | Critical Essay by Alan Sinfield

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Hamlet.
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Critical Essay by Alan Sinfield

SOURCE: Sinfield, Alan. “Hamlet's Special Province.” Shakespeare Survey 33 (1980): 89-97.

In the following essay, Sinfield discusses the connection between Hamlet's reference to “a special providence in the fall of a sparrow” and the question of whether the play's conception of the world is pagan or Christian.

We defy augury: there is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. Since no man owes of aught he leaves, what is't to leave betimes? Let be.

(Hamlet, v, ii, 210-16)1

[God is] a Governor and Preserver, and that, not by producing a kind of general motion in the machine of the globe...

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