Hamlet the Ghost

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Role Of The Ghost Of The Hamlet

The ghost in the play Hamlet has great dramatic significance . The play opens and Hamlet , the prince of Denmark is shown in mourning. He is wearing black clothes and the sad look on his face bears an evidence of grief he is feeling at the death of his father. His uncle Cladius succeeded his father. Soon after, Hamlet’s mother (Queen Gertrude) married Claudius. Hamlet hated Claudius because he (Claudius) had married his (Hamlet) mother while he (Hamlet)_ was still in mourning. A dark suspicion has filled Hamlet’s mind on this account. As a result , Hamlet changed from a happy and bright youth to a quite and brooding man.

Francisco is at his post a platform before the castle at Elsinore. Barnardo comes to relieve him of guard duty midnight . Horatio and Marcellus arrive just then, the ghost reappears. The ghost looks offended when Horatio speaks to it. Horatio remarks that the ghost has appeared in the same armour which the late King used to wear while he had fought the King of Norway. Marcellus tells him that it the ghost’s third visit. Horatio remarks that the appearance of the ghost bodes some strange eruption to our state. Denmark might face a threat of war from young Fortinbras of Norway, who has demanded the return of the lands which his father had lost to Denmark. Barnardo also expresses a similar opinion and thinks that the Ghost’s appearance is important of the war that seems to be impending. Horatio recalls that Julius Caesar’s assassination was also preceded by numerous supernatural occurrences. The matter of the Ghost’s appearance at the rampart is reported to Hamlet . Hamlet reaches the spot to meet the ghost if it reappears. In a brief soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his apprehension that, if his father’s Ghost appeared in a war like garb, all is not well.

The Ghost appears at the spot around midnight when Horatio , Marcellus and Hamlet were busy talking about the King’s making merry in the company of counters. Hamlet desires to know from the Ghost what it’s appearance signifies. The Ghost makes a gesture and Hamlet follows it. The Ghost reveals to Hamlet that his death was ‘murder most foul, strange and unnatural.’ It is a false report that I had died of the serpent’s sting. The truth is that my brother Claudius, who now wears the crown and has weeded your mother has killed me by pouring poison into my ear as I slept in the orchard. The Ghost speak in terms of Claudius wickedness and his wife’s foul conduct. Then it calls upon Hamlet to avenge his murder of the incentuous and adulterate beast. He must not harm the Queen though she is a party to the murder and leave her to be punished by her conscience which is sure to torment her for her infidelity.

Thus, the Ghost introduces an element of mystery and fear contributes to the general tragic atmosphere of the play. (The Ghost revelation suggest that Claudius might kill Hamlet also because he is sly, voluptuous and power-hungry.) The Ghost motivates the entire action of the play by imposing a task upon Hamlet. (if ever you loved me you will avenge my death. Don’t allow Claudius to rule over the state of Denmark. As for your mother, do not harm her even though she was party to my murder. Her own conscience and God’s retribution will be punishment enough for her!’) The Ghost also shows up the characters and drives home a certain moral effect. In this way, the Ghost suffer threefold dramatic...
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