A ghost appearing in the form of Hamlet's father makes several appearances in the play. It first appears to the watchmen, Marcellus and Bernardo, along with Horatio near the guardsmens' post. The ghost says nothing to them and is perceived with fear and apprehension; "it harrows me with fear and wonder". It is not until the appearance of Hamlet that the ghost speaks, and only then after Horatio has expressed his fears about Hamlet following it, "What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, or to the dreadful summit of the cliff". This illustrates how Horatio is concerned for Hamlet's well being.
The conversation between the ghost and Hamlet serves as a catalyst for Hamlet's later actions and provides insight into Hamlet's character. The information the ghost reveals incites Hamlet into action against a situation he was already uncomfortable with. Hamlet is not quick to believe the ghost, "The spirit that I have seen may be a devil... and perhaps out of my weakness and my melancholy... abuses me to damn me". Thus, an aspect of Hamlet's character is further revealed when Hamlet encounters the ghost in his mother's room. In this... [continues]
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