Hamlet is appalled at the revelation that his father has been murdered, and the alleged spirit of the former king tells him that the only “villain” to blame is Claudius “who now wears his crown”. Hamlet’s worst fears about his uncle are confirmed. The ghost exhorts Hamlet to seek revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and corrupted Gertrude, having taken her from the pure love of her first marriage and seduced her in their incestuous union. But the ghost urges Hamlet not to act against his mother in any
The play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is full of many acts of betrayal. One such of these acts is when Hamlet goes against the wishes of his father’s ghost and debates on whether or not he should kill Claudius. Not only this but he also is extremely cruel to his mother and hurts her feelings which were also against the wishes of the ghost. He wanted Hamlet to avenge his death without hurting others along the way and almost everything Hamlet did in the play went against that. Hamlet’s first act of betrayal against the ghost of his father is one that stretches throughout the entire book.
The second thing that the ghost told Hamlet was that he should do no harm to his mother, even though she married her husband’s murderer. Before the ghost leaves, he said to Hamlet to remember him. After Hamlet had his speech with his dead father, his goal was to avenge the King Hamlet’s death. Hamlet had many chances to kill Claudius and get over with his revenge, but he hesitated most of the times. The first time that Hamlet had the opportunity to kill his dad’s murderer was after the “Mousetrap”, which was the play that presents the true story of a murder carried out in Vienna.
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).
When the ghost of King Hamlet appears and explains to Hamlet that Claudius is a murder and to “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder”, so the King can leave the gates of purgatory and have his sins released. Hamlet is astounded by the news, and feels a sense of hatred and anger towards Gertrude and Claudius. However, the ghost clearly states that Hamlet must never harm Gertrude, and to only send Claudius to hell. Now that Hamlet is educated about his father’s passing, and gained motivation from his father’s words “Remember me”, he has committed to take
This claim proves to be evident because throughout the play, Hamlet tries to avenge his father’s death and goes insane doing so. This is apparent in Act III of the play when Gertrude and Hamlet are in a room of the castle and Hamlet sees the ghost of his father again. Gertrude, however, does not see the ghost because it is simply a figment of Hamlet’s imagination. (Shakespeare III.IV.131-135). Hamlet’s madness is a product of the death of his father, which supplements the claim that fathers can impact their sons in a destructive manner.
“There are no small parts, only small actors,” as once stated by Constantin Stanislawski, illustrates that not every character has to have an abundance of stage time in order to play a substantial role. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, King Hamlet’s Ghost, although only present in a modest number of scenes, proves to be a significant presence among several of the leading roles. The ghost is trapped in purgatory, unable to repent his sins, therefore seeking revenge for his murder through his son, Hamlet. The ghost proves his significance among the cast because of the morals he inflicts upon characters as well as his initial spark of the plot’s madness. In addition, the ghost lays the foundation for the themes of uncertainty and morality.
He starts to believe that the spirit may be the devil or some sort of demon that was sent to tempt young Hamlet into a destructive existence. The appearance of the ghost causes Hamlet to mistrust his own perceptions of things and doubt the validity of his father’s ghost and the malicious claim that he states. Hamlet decides to stage a play in which the plot very closely resembles the events that the ghost describes as his death. Hamlet feels that if King Claudius is indeed guilty, it will be written all over his face. “The play’s the thing/Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” (II, ii, 566-567).
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.