Hamlet: Ghost

In Hamlet, a ghost appears throughout Act I in the semblance of the recently deceased king (Hamlet’s Father). When Hamlet first sees the ghost in Act V he is told of how his uncle Claudius murdered his father and took the throne. In a cry for vengeance the ghost calls for Hamlet’s aid and thus it is brought into question as the play progresses if the ghost truly was Hamlet’s recently departed father or perhaps the devil himself set out to spread treachery in the kingdom and ruin Hamlet’s soul. This analysis by some experts is false, however, given that Hamlet has faith in his father’s motives and is utterly loyal to him. Also, Hamlet’s actions of being treacherous to his soul are questioned by an internal sense of morality as well as his poise amidst situations to remain himself and not let the thought of satisfying his father’s revenge create a justifiable act of murder in his own account.
Given that Hamlet has trust in his father the idea of the ghost being the devil out to ruin Hamlet is valid, save for the fact that Hamlet’s devotion is of such strength that it could sense the deceit of the devil if it were present. “My father’s spirit is in arms! All is not well; I doubt some foul play: would the night were come!” (Act I, Scene II) In this instance Hamlet senses that there is some sort of mischief within the kingdom, a type of foul play and after being told by Horatio of his father’s ghost’s presence Hamlet comes to terms with this possibility and seeks out his father’s apparition in hopes of better understanding. Once Hamlet meets his father he concludes with: “It’s an honest ghost that let me tell you.” (Act I, Scene V) In this chance, Hamlet continues showing his support for his father as he speaks to Horatio, Marcellus, and Bernardo. Asking for their loyalty not to breathe a word of their encounter or of Hamlet’s motives he sets out to avenge his father’s unruly death, which coincides with his aspects of just action.
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