Horatio's 'Ghost In Shakespearian Play 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.
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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 between Norway and Denmark is unsettling, and causing an upheaval in Denmark. They assume the king is coming back because he was the catalyst of the tension. 3. Horatio and Marcellus agree to bring Hamlet to meet the ghost in to see if the ghost would communicate with him.

B) [Scene 4]

Horatio and Marcellus bring Hamlet to meet the ghost, and see if the ghost would communicate with Hamlet. It calls him to follow, and Hamlet does despite the wishes of his comrades. 1. Fireworks and trumpets sounded, and Hamlet explains that the new King is celebrating his coronation. He says it’s a common tradition, however it tarnishes their name/reputation. He also states that if one person is good but has a flaw, everyone could see that person as that
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