Why Is Greyland Clark Supernatural In Hamlet

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Shakespeare’s’ Hamlet is a story that uses a supernatural element to influence the actions of others. Shakespeare is able to use precise detail and dark settings to set the mood for an eerie feeling. Cumberland Clark’ critical analysis, The Supernatural in Hamlet, was written to explore the belief of the existence of supernatural beings that were common during that time period. Clark is able to use evidence of supernatural existence through imagery, character traits and Objectivity. Clark persuades the readers to fully comprehend the idea that Shakespeare can persuade those who doubt the existence of the supernatural beings, to believe in them.
Clark believes that it is important for people to believe that the ghosts in the play were authentic.
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Clark suggests that in Shakespeare’s stories, there is an objective use of ghosts. The ghost in Hamlet is revealing himself to everyone that is present, not just certain people. Although Clark states that Hamlet’s Ghost is Objective for a majority of the story, there is one moment when the ghost chooses to be subjective. That moment is when Gertrude cannot see the ghost, yet Hamlet can. Clark reveals that the ghost in Hamlet intends to only push those who see him, to do his bidding. Clark is trying to show that Shakespeare had the ability to make his ghosts control the real characters in the play just through their…show more content…
Clark sums up Shakespeare’s thoughts perfectly by saying “They are no mere stage accessories. They have a function and a dignity that compel the awestruck recognition of the most careless. They are messengers from the Unseen, Ministers of Justice…”(105) Clarks allows the reader to realize that Shakespeare intended for the reader to believe that the ghost had a purpose, and in order for him to fulfill that he had to “work through a human

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