The depressed young prince was struck by tragedy early on in his life, when his father King Hamlet was killed in battle defending the kingdom. Not only did the prince have to deal with the sudden death of his father, but also cope with the idea that his recently widow mother would soon be married to his uncle Claudius his father's blood brother. In order to keep the kingdom running and to keep the throne in the family there was no other way. Hamlet mad at the fact that his father's death wasn’t given the respect he deserved, instead a wedding was planned. Not long after did Hamlet receive a message from the soldiers stating that King Hamlet's spirit had been seen roaming the courtyards night after night, Intrigued Hamlet set out into the night in search of the “ghost”. The prince was curious as if perhaps indeed it was his father's spirit trying to give hamlet a message. The “Ghost” indeed presented himself to the prince and confused to him that he was in fact murdered. But, not killed in battle, but rather murdered by his own brother Claudius in attempts to overtake the throne and marry his queen. Repulsed, betrayed and disgusted Hamlet had sworn to his father that on his honor he would seek revenge for the blood shed by the king.
KIKUCHI, SHIGEO. "Unveiling The Dramatic Secret Of 'Ghost' In Hamlet." Journal Of Literary Semantics 39.2 (2010): 103-117. Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 Oct. 2012.
In “Unveiling The Dramatic Secret of 'Ghost' In Hamlet” it discusses how hamlet is at constant battle, trying to convince himself that he must avenge the death of his father. Hamlet felt as if he had to live up to his fathers name as the king did before he was murdered. To the prince, revenge was a reckless act with no meaning, although he had no choice, could not be betrayed as a coward. “To be Hamlet, to deserve the name.. is to be a revenger”(Kaston,111).”Hamlet betrays his unwanted awareness that revenge is an inhuman and pointless...
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