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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragic play written by the famous English playwright William Shakespeare, which portrays how young Prince Hamlet pursues revenge on his uncle for heartless murdering of his father and receiving succession to the throne by marrying his recently widowed mother. Prince Hamlet learns about recently deceased King Hamlet’s murder when the Ghost comes before him, asserting to be his lately departed father’s soul, who came back to demand his son to avenge his vicious death, a “foul and most unnatural murder” (I:V:1375). Hamlet’s protagonist solemnly promises the Ghost to perform an act of revenge on his Uncle Claudius for killing his beloved father, but throughout the play Prince Hamlet continuously delays revenge for his father’s murder.
People who have read or watched a play have basically seen the whole story of Hamlet's life. Even though the tragedy takes several months, it was the period of a real transformation from a boy to a hero, who never faced with the dark size of life before. Shakespeare took few lines to describe Hamlet before his tragedy. Hamlet was studying in the Wittenberg University that was located in France. Hamlet was a very intelligent person, he knew literature, art, he wrote poems, and he knew the rules of the stage actions. Also, like a real man in his time, Hamlet knew how to fight with the sword. Hamlet was thirty years old, even though he was old enough to know about life, it did not seem that he actually did. He had to learn about life and people in an unfavorable way. Everything happened after his Father’s death. People that were not supposed to die- died. What made Hamlet change was a finally understanding of what kind of people were around him all the time. In Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Prince Hamlet’s uncertainty in nature of the Ghost prevents him from quick action, because he speculates that the Ghost may be a misleading, wicked demon persuading Hamlet to engage in sin. When Prince Hamlet confronts the Ghost, he discovers that King Hamlet was murdered by his own brother, who poured fatal poison into his ear while King Hamlet was peacefully resting in his own garden (I:V:1376-1377 ). When Prince Hamlet finds out about the cold-hearted murder of his dear father, he guarantees the Ghost that he will seek revenge on Claudius, but does not perform his action immediately. The reader learns about Prince Hamlet’s uncertainties about the nature of Ghost, who claims to be his recently deceased father’s soul, in the second act of the play where Hamlet reveals his doubt by stating that: The spirit that I have seen
May be the devil, and the devil hath power
T’ assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps,
Out of my weakness and my melancholy,
As he is very potent with such spirits,
Abuses me to damn me. (II: II: 1398)
Phoebe Spinard claims that, spirits were thought by Catholics and Protestants “more likely to be evil spirits than the purgatorial or heavenly beings they claimed to be” (459). Prince Hamlet fears that the Ghost may be an evil tempter from Hell but not his father’s spirit, and induce Hamlet to commit sinful acts. Prince Hamlet fails to immediately obey the Ghost’s command to murder Claudius, because he firstly wishes to carefully examine the nature of the Ghost. According to Aaron Landau, Prince Hamlet’s confrontation with the spirit may “expose him to either the mental danger of being drawn into madness, or the spiritual danger of being tempted into sin by a devil in disguise” (224). Prince Hamlet is highly concerned with the truthfulness of the Ghost, because “the Ghost does none of the things which a sufferer in Purgatory might be expected to do” (Dean 519). A Purgatorial spirit must not ask or advocate anything against Christian...
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