Thesis Statement For Hamlet

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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. They all recognize the ghost to be the former King of Denmark.

1. Once the rooster crowed, the ghost disappeared. Originally Horatio was very skeptical of there being and actual ghost, however, he comes to the realization that the rooster crowing sent the ghost back to purgatory. “The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn,
Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat
Awake the god of day, and, at his warning,
Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,
Th ' extravagant and erring spirit hies
To his confine, and of the truth herein
This present object made probation.” Line 150-155

2. Upon recognizing that the apparition is in fact the former king, Horatio lauds him, and begins to explain his victory against King Fortinbras of Norway, and the acquisition of his lands. The tension

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