Figurative Language In Hamlet's Ghost Speech

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The main goal of the ghost speech is for King Hamlet to convince young Hamlet to avenge his death by killing Claudius. He does so by using figurative language such as foreshadowing, motifs, and allusions. He tries to convince Hamlet by telling him how Claudius killed, and robbed him “of crown” and “queen”. The King turns Hamlet against Claudius when he tells him exactly how he was killed. His references to the being killed by his brother alludes to the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible. The King further alludes to the Bible when he calls compares himself to an angel. He tells Hamlet to “let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest,” (1.5.82-83). This references the motif of disease, in this case Claudius and Gertrude’s

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