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The Ghost of Hamlet

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The Ghost of the previous Danish king in Hamlet is a potent element that causes Prince Hamlet variety of reactions toward the world around him and the unexpected killer, King Claudius. Besides, the ghost is the tool of knowledge that lights Hamlet's heart with the love of insisting on searching the credibility of the crime. The Ghost of Hamlet's father commanded his son to do the act of revenge from his uncle the King of Denmark the killer of his father and the husband of his mother. Hamlet has been affected by the Ghost's command and his situation has been shifted from the psychological disorder situation before discovering the truth of the crime to accept the reality of the world around him, and from the hesitation and fear situation to do unjust reactions to the king then self-guilt, and then to eagerness and audacity situation to revenge the heinous act of King Claudius potently. Fair

Hamlet's psychological disorder situation leads him to discover the truth of the crime by the Ghost. He has a weak identity which colors his life with gloominess and the lack of hope especially when he receives the announcement of his father's death while he is studying abroad. The intellectual problem which Prince Hamlet faces is one peculiar difficulty which is the unexpected and unaccepted of the truth of the tragic death of his father. For example, Hamlet symbolizes his situation with the black suit he wears in the first act, when he says: "These indeed seem, for they are actions that a man might play. But I have that within which passes show; these but the trapping and the suits of woe." In that moment he already has insanity accompanied with psychological problem in unable to accept the world around him as he doesn’t accept the king and...

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Soren Kierkegaard, Stages on Life's Way, trans. Walter Lowrie (Princeton, 1940), pp. 409 – 11, quoted in, Scofield, Martin. Scofield: The Ghosts of Hamlet. Cambridge University Press, Great Britain: 1980. 1st Ed. Pg: 96.

Scofield, Martin. Scofield: The Ghosts of Hamlet. Cambridge University Press, Great Britain: 1980. 1st Ed. Pg: 29.
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