• The Ghost — The spirit of King Hamlet
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  • One can sense vengeance in the presence of the ghost

If he is insane, is the traumatic loss of his father causing Hamlet to see a ghost or is the ghost real indeed....

Shakespeare's Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 - Horatio sees the Ghost

The Ghost wants Hamlet to take revenge by killing Claudius

The ghost of Hamlet’s father influences him to seek revenge and prove Claudius’ guilt.
When the ghost tells Hamlet how Claudius murdered him, Hamlet is infuriated and overtaken with feelings of responsibility to right the wrong that has been done; to murder Claudius....

Like all themes the presence of the ghost ..

His father's ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his death and Hamlet agrees....
Even though Hamlet seems ardent in his intentions of avenging his father’s death during his encounter with the Ghost, by the second act, Hamlet begins to doubt that the ghost was actually his father....


So why does Hamlet act insane in the presence of ..

The Ghost informs us that he, King Hamlet, was Catholic, but his son’s religion remains ambiguous.

In the stage play, Hamlet has the actors perform a murder as the ghost had described his murder, and by watching his uncle's reactions, determines that the ghost had spoken truthfully. Then he rashly kills Polonius, whom he thinks is Claudius. This killing brings Laertes in pursuit of revenge on Hamlet and leads to the death of Ophelia. Manipulating the grief-stricken Laertes, Claudius deceptively sets up the duel, which leads to his own death, the death of both Hamlet and Laertes, and the death of the queen. Young Fortinbras of Norway, who has a legal claim to succession to the throne of Denmark, enters the scene. He orders an honorable burial for Hamlet and restores order to the kingdom.

Characters. The characters reveal themselves in their actions and in their speech.

As noted in the preceding discussion of word play, Polonius gets carried away with pretentious word games, including games at his daughter’s expense. He is also filled with wise sayings which are often quoted out of context; for example he tells his son, "the apparel oft proclaims the man" (1.3.72) (Clothes make the man); "neither a borrower nor a lender be," (1.3. 74), and "This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man" (1.3. 78-80). Polonius's high-sounding moral statements, however, become questionable in their own terms. Later, for example, he sends his servant Reynaldo to spy on his son, and he couches his directions for being a good spy in the same moral tone: "Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth: / And thus do we of wisdom and of reach, / With windlasses and with assays of bias, / By indirections find directions out [. . . ]" (2.1. 61-64). Later, he pronounces to the king and queen, "brevity is the soul of wit" (2:2, 89) and promises to be brief, but he proceeds to work his words into a tangle, and the exasperated queen finally says "More matter, with less art" (2.2. 94). Polonius willingly serves the king by spying on Hamlet during the prince's private conversation with his mother. Recognizing the presence of a spy hidden behind an arras, Hamlet kills Polonius.

Laertes, as a young nobleman, has some attractive personal characteristics. He returns to Denmark dutifully for the coronation of Claudius, but after the coronation, asks (and is granted) permission to go back to France. On the other hand, his language sometimes echoes that of his father. At the opening of act 1, scene 3, he admonishes his sister to be careful of her relationship with Hamlet. Although his tone here may be somewhat pretentious, he is speaking as a brother concerned for his sister. Later, however, as he faces Hamlet preparing to kill him with a poisoned sword, he speaks of honor in a high sounding manner. Hamlet tells Laertes that he had been afflicted with madness when he killed Polonius, and he asks Laertes for his pardon. Laertes responds "I am satisfied in nature / Whose motive in this case, should stir me most / to my revenge" (5. 2. 217-219). In other words, his natural instincts as a son do not urge him to seek revenge on Hamlet; however, he goes on to say that, because he cares about keeping his "name ungored" and about his honor, he will not be unable to make final peace with Hamlet until he consults with "some elder masters of known honor" to give a precedent for making peace. He does promise, however, that until this consultation is complete, he will not wrong Hamlet's offer of friendship. His speech on honor (5. 218-224) thus combines with his deliberate plot to murder Hamlet.

King Claudius is deceptive and manipulative in his words and deeds, but his prayer in act 3, scene 3 (37-73, 97-99) contains a frank assessment of his moral situation.

He is the Ghost of Hamlet’s father, come from the next world to tell his son the story of a brother’s treacherous murder and to demand vengeance.

Further to establish King Hamlet’s religion, the Ghost tells his son that when Claudius murdered him in his sleep he gave him no chance to prepare himself as a Catholic should for death:
Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin,
Unhousel’d, disappointed, unanel’d,
No reck’ning made, but sent to my account
With all my imperfections on my head.
O horrible!

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Most critics, although recognizing that, as Hamlet’s friends warn him (1.5.69-78), he must be cautious not to be lured to destruction by a demon in disguise, have nonetheless concluded by taking the Ghost at his word.

Analyze the role of the ghost in the plot of Hamlet

According to the indignant Ghost, this callousness to a brother’s eternal fate in the next world more than anything else–including fratricide, regicide, possible adultery, and incest–renders his deed triply and superlatively "horrible." Through most of the middle ages, marriage to a brother’s wife was technically incestuous, as Hamlet repeatedly complains.

Staging the Ghost in Hamlet | Words, Words, Words

With this utterance, Satan shares with Shakespeare’s Coriolanus the novel illusion that the creature can create himself, beget himself, and shape himself as he will, illusions from which Prince Hamlet, though less designedly, is not altogether free.
Much has been written concerning who the Ghost in Hamlet is and where he comes from.

Hamlet’s father comes back as a ghost asking him to take ..

In his magisterial Birth of Purgatory, Jacques Le Goff puts the general case clearly: "Purgatory would become the prison in which ghosts were normally incarcerated, though they might be allowed to escape now and then to briefly haunt those of the living whose zeal in their behalf was insufficient." That, of course, is precisely what happens in Hamlet.