This is also disturbing to Hamlet. John S. Wilks writes in J. Leeds Barroll's Shakespeare Studies how meeting the ghost of his father "...throws his conscience into doubt and error, must naturally begin with the malign source of that confusion, the Ghost" (119). Hamlet is also incensed when he learns the reason for his father's torture. Old Hamlet was murdered by his brother when he was sleeping. This leaves Old Hamlet walking in limbo for his afterlife.
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This objective turns hamlets life in a direction he could never imagine possible. “For Hamlet it is a secret, revealed to him by the ghost of his murdered father. Hamlet shares the same roof as his father’s murderer, and the assassin has now in great haste married Hamlet’s mother. Suspicion, anguish, unbearable tension.”(Duran 3) To be a tragic hero a literary character must have some sort of guidance which hamlet gets. Without his fathers perspective hamlet would live the rest of his life not knowing.
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