In this scene the ghost reveals himself to Hamlet and tells the new king Claudius killed him that did not die of natural cause but instead. Now his ghost is unable to rest in peace, because that fact is not known. This causes Hamlet to start investigating the story of the ghost. Hamlet is distressed due to the fact of his fathers ghost telling him of the horrid death that he suffered and wanting him to make things right. Hamlet questions the ghost and wonders if all this information could be true.
Hamlet's Delay The question of why Hamlet delays in taking revenge on Claudius for so long has puzzled readers and audience members alike. Immediately following Hamlet's conversation with the Ghost, he seems determined to fulfill the Ghost's wishes and swears his companions to secrecy about what has occurred. The next appearance of Hamlet in the play reveals that he has not yet revenged his father's murder. In Scene two, act two, Hamlet gives a possible reason for his hesitation. "The spirit that I have seen / May be a devil, and the devil hath power / T' assume a pleasing shape" (2.2.627-629).
William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is a story about a king who murdered and his sons revenge on the murderer. The start of the play shows Bernardo and Francisco on watch at the kings castle. They are protecting the castle from anyone who may be of threat because everyone is mourning the kings death. A ghost appears at the watch platform and startles them. Bernado and Francisco see a resemblance between the ghost and the king.
The appearance becomes the most important scene in the play. To Hamlet, Hamlet really admired his father, and his father’s death entirely affected his emotion and life. As Hamlet knew that the ghost was the symbol of his father and the unnatural murder. The nightmare... ... middle of paper ... ...c in the closet scene. Hamlet could hear the ghost, but Gertrude didn’t see and hear anything and thought Hamlet is mad.
As the ghost leaves, Hamlet becomes enraged at his uncle. From his intelligent, civilized self, Hamlet changes into an enraged person determined to kill his uncle. He decides to act insane so that no one will suspect him. Hamlet makes Horatio and Marcellus swear to tell no one what happened here. Later on, Ophelia tells her father in a fright that Hamlet appeared to her, his face white as if he had been to hell.
Hamlet suspects foul play. When his father’s ghost visits the castle, Hamlet’s suspicions are confirmed. The Ghost complains that he is unable to rest in peace because he was murdered. Claudius, says the Ghost, poured poison in King Hamlet’s ear while the old king napped. Unable to confess and find salvation, King Hamlet is now consigned, for a time, to spend his days in Purgatory and walk the earth by night.
Hamlet had to see this ghost for himself. Hamelt and guards waited for the ghost to re appear. Once he re appeard hamlet calls out to the ghost to speak, “ I call thee “ Hamlet,” “ King,” “ Father,” “Royal Dane”, “O Answer me!” This quote showed emotions of sadness and hope. Hoping that this ghost was truley his father, so he can find out what truley happened; if his supicions were correct about his uncle. The ghost finally spoke, made it aware that it was Hamlets father!
However, his doubts are subsequently invalidated at the performance of 'The Murder of Gonzago' where he requests a group of players to enact a similar murder to that of King Hamlet's. "I'll have these players play something like the murder of my father before mine uncle.... The plays the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King". (55) Towards the end of the play, Claudius hastily removes himself from the crowd, verifying Hamlet's suspicions. Now, Hamlet not only possesses every reason to believe the ghost, but entrusts his faith in the ghost as well.
Hamlet himself is deeply troubled by what he views as his mother's betrayal of his father and refuses to appear cheerful. He is very excited to be told of the ghost and plans to meet with it that night. Laertes bids farewell to his sister, Ophelia, and his father, Polonius, who is a royal counsellor. Both men warn Ophelia against the attentions of Prince Hamlet. Meanwhile, on the ramparts, the figure tells Hamlet that he is his father's ghost, that he was killed by Claudius and that he wants Hamlet to take revenge.
Zeffirelli's use of imagery is evident when Hamlet expresses raw emotions on seeing the ghost of his father and hearing of the corruption within his family (Hamlet). Branagh uses symbolism to depict the ghost as the statue of old king Hamlet. Hamlet chases the ghost but is somewhat uncertain about the validity of this figure. Branagh's use of the setting and imagery sets the stage for Hamlet's future mental decay. The emotions that are expressed by Hamlet in Branagh's version are somewhat guarded and cautious, giving evidence of his unwillingness to fully accept the message from the spirit (Hamlet William Shakespeare).