Fr. Hugh Barbour, “The Soul and Spirits” (MP3 Download)


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The ghost in Hamlet illustrates Christian beliefs about the experience of the soul after death and is full of clues about Shakespeare’s knowledge of Catholic beliefs. The image is purgatorial and contains beliefs common among medieval and Renaissance Catholics on the nature of life after death. Fr. Barbour here contrasts the Christian and pagan views of immortality and investigates Shakespeare’s Catholic influences in his treatment of death.

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