King Hamlet’s ghost in Hamlet plays a very significant role in Shakespeare’s play even though he only appears briefly in the very beginning and two other times throughout the play. King Hamlet’s ghost furthers the play in many ways. He affects action by setting the play in motion, he affects the theme of revenge, and he helps develop other characters, specifically his son, Hamlet. He sets the play in motion by causing the wheels to spin inside of Prince Hamlet’s head, the ghost is the whole reason for Hamlet trying to extract revenge upon his murderous Uncle Claudius who is now the King of Denmark. The ghost affects the theme of revenge by causing Young Hamlet to be seized by vengeance, the whole play turns into a story of Prince Hamlet trying to avenge his father’s wrongful death.
The ghost’s appearance has a significant impact on Hamlet’s behaviors and forms his decisions through the play. Hamlet, who is suffering from depression since he is dealing with his father’s death and the hasty marriage of his mother with Claudius, his uncle, became obsessed with the concept of life and death after seeing his father’s ghost. In the first appearance of the ghost, he reveals the truth about the how the king has been murdered, which drives Hamlet to seek revenge, and by revenge killing his uncle. The ghost establishes a dilemma and gives Hamlet time to think about his father’s request. But Hamlet has an uncertainty about the existence of the ghost as he notes “the spirit that I have seen may be the devil, and the devil hath power T ' assume a pleasing shape” (2.2.561–563) here, Hamlet is concerned that the ghost may be the devil and questions the motivation of the ghost for killing Claudius.
Why are other people seeing the ghost, when his mother could not see the ghost. If people are telling him hear comes the ghost, is he trying to pretend to his mother that the ghost is in the room to make her feel mad about what she and his uncle have done? When Hamlet was talking to Horatio telling him certain things and when he was talking to him he said, “To put an antic
His indecisiveness has puzzled many. Shakespeare uses the indecisiveness of Hamlet to demonstrate that human life is about acting, not thinking. At the beginning of the play Hamlet encounters a ghost while out with his friends. The sight shocks him, but he decides to follow it. The ghost is his father, and they begin to have a full conversation.
Hamlet commits to the revenge seeking of murdering King Claudius when he writes “So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word… I have sworn’t” (I.v.117-119). After speaking with the ghost, Hamlet swears to go after Claudius. Hamlet is convinced by the ghost to kill King Claudius. If Hamlet wasn’t so upset or angry about his dad dying, he wouldn’t feel the need to end Claudius.
For Hamlet, this would mean that, because the ghost resembled him, Hamlet trusts him. He even acknowledges that “one may smile...and be a villain” but he does not even begin to consider that the statement could apply to the ghost before him (1.5, 109). In fact, he simply uses what the ghost has told him in order to strengthen his belief in the villainy of his uncle. It doesn’t occur to Hamlet, despite his friends’ various warnings, that the ghost could potentially not be his father. It doesn’t matter to him that, once alone with it, the ghost could “assume some other horrible form,/which might deprive [his] sovereignty of reason” (1.4, 72-3).
The role of Hamlet 's father as a ghost is to not only avenge his own death, but to make sure that Hamlet gets vengeance for claudius murdering him. The nature in which the ghost appears differs between each one of the three appearances. Throughout the play the ghost appears in many different ways, his main objective is to have Hamlet get revenge for his death. The role of the ghost in hamlet can be seen from different points of view, it can be seen as the ghost being hamlets father is trying to make contact with Hamlet to avenge his murder by Claudius. Or it can be seen as the ghost being some type of evil spirit trying to destroy hamlet through bad advice.
Gabrielle Akcelik Prof. Elsky English 1012 Assignment 1 Outline I. Thesis Statement Throughout act one of the Shakespearian play, Hamlet, there is a reoccurring appearance of the ghost of Hamlet’s father, who fuels Hamlet to avenge his father’s death. II. Development In scenes 1, 4, and 5 in Hamlet, the ghost of the Hamlet’s father (formally King of Denmark), appears to Barnardo, Marcellus, Horatio and Hamlet. The ghost is silent at first, however when Horatio brings Hamlet to see the ghost, he finally vocalizes his want for revenge against Claudius. A) [Scene 1] The ghost appears first to Barnardo, Marcellus and Horatio, beckoning it to speak, but the ghost refused to say a word.
Hamlet is truly crazy In Hamlet, Shakespeare never tells you if Hamlet is truly crazy or if he is faking it but in the story you can clearly see Hamlet has actually gone crazy from the way he acts and the things he says too many characters in the story. In Hamlet, Shakespeare utilizes diction between Gertrude, the ghost, Polonius,and Hamlet to show how the loss of a loved one can lead a person to become crazy. Hamlet experiences madness when he talks to Gertrude. Hamlet was showing he was going crazy when he was talking to his mother then he turns and looks to the side and starts to talk. Hamlet was talking to the ghost of his father, he claims.
In addition, Hamlet manages to list reasons on whether he should go through with killing himself or not which an insane person would not do. To add on to Hamlet’s stress is the possibility that something might lie “after death”(III.i.79). The fear that whatever comes after death is unknown is one of the many reasons Hamlet does not want to kill himself. Hamlet is sane because some people today still have a fear about how what comes after death is unknown. Hamlet’s behavior begins to change when they prepare to show the play that Hamlet wrote to everyone in the castle.