William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlets disregard of his friends advice and the truth of Hamlets characteristics.

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William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hamlet’s disregard of his friend’s advice and

the truth of Hamlet’s characteristics.

Ravee Chen

S2 English H

Dr. Freisen

September 21st, 2009        

Hamlet, the late king of Denmark, has risen again in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. He appears in the first scene of the play to Horatio, Bernardo and Marcellus. Being very scared and confused, they decide to tell the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, about this strange occurrence. They thought that the spirit, being an apparition of high rank and a relative to Hamlet, would speak to him though it would not speak to them. Hamlet, upon hearing their story, decides to go see the ghost with his own eyes.  When the ghost reappears the following night, Hamlet goes to speak with it and it motions for him to come with it alone. Hamlet’s friends, Horatio and Marcellus, do not trust the ghost; they believe the ghost might be a demon in disguise, or have ill intentions. However, the way in which Hamlet responds to the ghost by going with it demonstrates his courage and sense of independence. 

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        Horatio and Marcellus try to stop Hamlet from following his father’s ghost which could actually be the devil in disguise. During the Elizabethan period, people believed that whenever a ghost appeared it could either be a soul that returned from the dead because of unfinished business or one of Satan’s minions in disguise. Even Hamlet believes this: Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn’d? (I.iv.40). Horatio attempts to persuade Hamlet to refuse go with the ghost because ghosts were seen as symbols of a catastrophe about to happen.

        There is no evidence that what the ghost has ...

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