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The core of the play then unfolds from the actions and words of this ghost. Hamlet's revenge against his uncle is certainly fueled by the ghost's words, but the ghost seems to serve a more subtle and internal part here. In the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy (III.i.55-88), Hamlet makes it clear his is not only unsure of what action to take, but unsure of himself as well. It seems his father's aberration confuses Hamlet ... ... middle of paper ... ...e serves as ghosts in the machine of the character's life. And it is that which really kills them or drives them to their death in the end.
But his grief was passive. It is the ghost which evokes revenge in him. Thus, if the ghost did not exist the whole story won't have happened. This makes the ghost of king Hamlet a driving force in the play. Shakespeare kept the nature of the ghost a mystery hovering over the play.
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The first description is “good spirits terrify initially, but ultimately comfort.” The spirit does not cause comfort to Hamlet. Throughout the play, the Ghost causes trouble among the characters. According to Eleanor Prosser: The Ghost has done everything possible to taint Hamlet’s mind with lacerating grief, sexual nausea, hatred, and fury. It has just focused its appeal on the lewd picture that Hamlet knows can most corrupt him – and it says, “Taint not they mind”! (E. Prosser, pp.137) Hamlet decided to kill Claudius because the Ghost wanted to avenge his death.