Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius's brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption. The play opens on a cold winter night at Elsinore, the Danish royal castle. The sentries try to persuade Hamlet's friend Horatio that they have seen King Hamlet's ghost, when it appears again. Hearing the news, Hamlet resolves to see the Ghost himself. That night, the Ghost appears to Hamlet and tells him that Claudius murdered him by pouring poison in his ears. The Ghost demands that Hamlet avenge him; Hamlet agrees and decides to feign madness to avert suspicion. He is, however, uncertain of the Ghost's reliability. Ghosts are a common element in revenge tragedy so it's not terribly surprising that the specter shows up in the play. What is surprising is that this ghost isn't as straightforward as it seems. The ghost claims to be Hamlet's father. The ghost also says that he was murdered by his brother, who happens to be Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the guy who's now married to Gertrude and sitting on the throne of Denmark;
Ghost or supernatural plays an important role in the plays written during Renaissance or Elizabethan age. The presentation of ghost, witches, portents, omens, uncommon happenings, disturbances in nature was quite and common phenomenon on the Elizabethan stage. According to Moulton; “Supernatural agency has a place in the world of Shakespeare”.
In “HAMLET” the supernatural appears in the form of the ghost. In the first act, five hundred and fifty lines out of the eight hundred and fifty lines are concerned with the ghost. Therefore, it may be...
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