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Hamlet adopts and maintains the role of father confessor as part of an effort to validate his obligation to avenge the crimes against his father and himself.
The figure of the father confessor, too, became a vestigial reminder of the traditional religion.
Private confession and the office of father confessor were anachronisms that became more diffused and "internalised fully" by the middle of the seventeenth century.
Even though Hamlet reveals a general Christian desire to bring his mother to repentance, I would argue that he assumes the role of father confessor intent on extracting the consciences of others in order to assure himself not only of their guilt or innocence, but also to achieve support in his role as avenger.
Hamlet's fulfillment of his dual role as father confessor and avenger depends on the occlusion of his own interiority until he can successfully extract the conscience of others.
Hamlet adopts the role of father confessor because his obligation to revenge his father's murder depends on verifying the truth of the Ghost's story.
He confided that he lived in the same house as the father confessor, with whom he had committed various pecados de pollucion (literally "sins of pollution" or masturbation).
The 21st Century adjuster must be as much a doctor, lawyer, cop, and bloodhound as in the 1940s--and when we really get to know our files, we still must be judge and jury and father confessors to our insureds and claimants.
Brooks, meanwhile, acts as a weird but compelling combination of narrator, comedian, coach, judge, jury and father confessor.
With over-mighty father confessors, concealed deaths and lethal faction fights over the still-warm corpse, the Tudors died as excitingly as they lived.