William Shakespeare’s titular character in the play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a young prince who is overwrought with grief after his father’s death. The king’s sudden death has a negative impact on Hamlet’s state of mind and psyche. Through Hamlet’s thoughts and soliloquies, the audience can see the main character’s obsession with spirituality, death, and mortality. Hamlet’s fixation on life after death causes his descent into madness. Because of this, spirituality, death, and mortality are the most important themes in Hamlet.
After the king Hamlet died, his ghost still appeared in different places of the play. The ghost wanted to talk to his son Hamlet to tell him all the truth about what happened before he died. The first thing that he said was that he did not died by a snake bite, but killed by his brother Claudius. The ghost told Hamlet to take revenge of Claudius. 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.
Bernardo and Marcellus have asked Horatio to come and see the ghost outside of Elsinore, and try to talk to the ghost. They ask Horatio to come speak to the ghost because he is known to be a scholar, and believe that he may be able to converse with the ghost. Horatio is skeptical, and does not believe anything regarding the thought of an actual ghost. Then suddenly, the ghost appears before the men, and quickly vanishes. Terrified following this supernatural event, Horatio acknowledges that the ghost does indeed resemble the dead king of Denmark.
After the sighting of the ghost, Shakespeare introduces a grieving Hamlet, and the happy couple, Claudius and Gertrude. Claudius gives a rousing speech to the court which creates a supporting group for his rule, yet he still can not get Hamlet to fall in line with the rest of the crowd. Old Hamlet’s murder still preoccupies Hamlet’s mind, so Claudius decides to take a drastic measure to win Hamlet to his side. Claudius states to the entire court and Hamlet that, “[He is] the most immediate to our throne, and with no less nobility of love than that which dearest father bears his son do I impart to [him]” (Hamlet 1.2 113-116). By naming Hamlet as his heir, Claudius sets up the ending of the play perfectly.
In Hamlet by William Shakespeare there are several characters who appear or are discussed briefly. These characters become somewhat forgotten as the play progresses, but in many senses these characters literally set the entire play in motion. Such as king Hamlet’s ghost telling Hamlet about his treacherous murder or the ever looming presence of young Fortinbras which keeps the entire kingdom in a state a fear and war mongering. While these characters both have an impact on the events in the play, the most influential of which is by far the ghost of King Hamlet. His disclosure to Hamlet about his duplicitous murder fueled the young heartbroken and mentally weak Hamlet into a state of fury which set the degenerative scenes of the play to follow.
Something is amiss in Denmark -- for two successive nights, the midnight guard has witnessed the appearance of the ghost of Old Hamlet, the former King of Denmark who has recently died. The guards bring Horatio, a learned scholar and friend of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, to witness this apparition. Though skeptical at first, Horatio sees the ghost and decides to report its appearance to Hamlet. Meanwhile, a new king of Denmark has been crowned: Claudius, Old Hamlet's brother. Claudius has taken Old Hamlet's widow, Gertrude, as his wife.
However, a read flag goes up when a ghost, alleging to be Hamlet’s father, tells him Claudius poisoned his father, which is also Claudius’ own brother, in order to become king. It even goes so far as to describe him as a “incestuous, adulterate beast... that have the power so to seduce,” referring to him marrying Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother and Claudius’ sister-in-law (I.vi.42,44-45). The ghost accuses Claudius of taking part in ultimate family affair- killing his own brother and manipulating Gertrude into marrying him so he can rule over Denmark, obtaining the power he so desperately desires. These accusations are later proved to be true when Hamlet invites Claudius to a play that acts out he allegedly killing his brother. During the scene this takes place, Claudius storms out into the chambers, mystified, and later cries out to himself, “O, my offense is rank… a brother’s murder” (III.iii.40,42).
So, this is my rewiev of one of the most famous story written by Wiliam Shakespeare, Hamlet.I took this from my very own point of view, and this is what the story is about. As soon as the ghost of Hamlets dad has appeard to guards, it dissapears. They tell Hamlet about the ghost and he decides to find him. While Hamlet is looking for the ghost of his dad, king Caludius sends a bearers to the north king with a letter in witch he is writting about his nephiew Fortinbras, who wants to retake back lands Hamlets dad gained in wars. After this letter was send, Hamlet is talking to Claudius abou how he misses his dad.
Throughout the play Hamlet uncovers horrible deeds his uncle has committed, which were “Remorseless, Treacherous, lecherous”. Hamlet wished to punish Gertrude but was prevented by his father’s ghost. In Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act 3 scene 2, Hamlet will “speak daggers to her but use none” representing his future interactions with Gertrude. Shakespeare uses this metaphor to show Hamlet’s hatred towards his mother and to create tension. In Act 3 Scene 4, Hamlet reveals Claudius’ involvement in his father’s death to his mother, but she thinks Hamlet has turned into a madman.
Although many can argue his downfall is due to his lack of trust, selfish acts, or hesitant manner, they all have one quality in common: Hamlet goes mad, and his father is the one to blame. His downfall commenced from the very beginning, starting with his father’s dark and spiteful confession: “But know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown,” (1.5.39-41). In this scene, the Ghost takes advantage of his grieving son’s vulnerability, knowing that Hamlet will do or say anything in honor of his dead father. His strategic use of pathos in his long