Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven, And that his soul maybe as damned and black As hell, whereto it goes.

Hamlet does, in fact, manage to kill Claudius in the midst of an act that has no relish of salvation in’t. Claudius has just killed Gertrude (not on purpose, exactly, but he doesn’t stop her drinking that poison either) and meets his end while trying to scramble out of responsibility for any of it. As far as this worldview goes, he is pretty surely going to hell.
Hamlet, though, while, certainly he’s exchanged forgiveness with Laertes – so he’s probably in the clear there, murder-wise – I’m not sure so sure he’s in the clear for murdering Polonius, and (by proxy) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Claudius’s death – well, due to the confusing vengeance clause in religious ideals – Hamlet may be in the clear for that one – but I don’t know….murderer or not – Claudius is still murdered.
All in all, I’m a little concerned that Hamlet’s soul isn’t crystal clear at the end of this play. I mean, not really, it’s not my worldview – but – just because Horatio thinks he’s going to heaven doesn’t mean he really is. I guess we have to hope Hamlet got in a good confession before committing his final murders.


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