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Madness in Shakespearean plays is a condition that is very hard to be identified whether it is real or not. Shakespeare uses it a lot. Each one oh his characters experience the state of madness, at least at one point of the play. However, the truth always remains a mystery because Shakespeare likes to leave things to readers to decide what is going to happen. In the beginning of “Hamlet”, the ghost of Hamlet's father appears on the scene, and asks Hamlet to avenge his death.
I personally believe that the ghost was a real character who came from hell and appeared before Hamlet in order to have him exact his revenge on Claudius. I personally disagree with the author W.W. Greg’s interpretation of Hamlet’s ghost, and believe that his assumption that Hamlet is simply hallucinating his father’s ghost is without merit. Many of W.W. Greg’s claims relate Hamlet to other plays that were written by Shakespeare, claiming that due to how Shakespeare portrayed ghosts in his previous works, it would follow that Hamlet also fits into the same mold as these past writings. W.W. Greg even states, “I should like to be told what Shakespeare's views were of ghosts in general ... I am forced to turn to Shakespeare's other plays for suggestions as to how he represented these phenomena” (Greg 395).
However simplistic in nature, Hamlet delays in striking his revenge because he thinks too much. What would come of “Hamlet” if Hamlet marched up to the King after his meeting with the ghost and fulfilled his vengeance? Edward Wagenknecht seems to believe that the delay of action is out of dramatic necessity. “The primary, the most important, reason why Hamlet does not kill the king sooner is there the death of the king must involve the end of the play” (189). Contrary to many beliefs, Wagenknecht acknowledges that Hamlet’s delay is not caused by cowardice.
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There are many opinions as to what Hamlet’s fatal flaw is. One opinion is that Hamlet is that Hamlet over thinks everything. This is readily apparent and evidence for it can be found in several places. The issue of the ghost’s appearance is extremely disturbing to Hamlet who is still grieving over the loss of his father (Shakespeare 1.2.170-258). Hamlet and Horatio, the figure of wisdom in the play, worry that the ghost could really be an evil spirit sent to tempt or kill Hamlet (Shakespeare 1.4.39-92).