There is No Ghost in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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There is No Ghost in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

"Hamlet", written by William Shakespeare in the seventeenth century, is a tragedy of great proportion and great debate. When the play begins, Hamlet is moping around at home. His father recently died, his mother sinfully married her brother-in-law, and he was cheated out of the throne by his ambitious uncle. He is angry and bitter, and after initial skepticism, is more than willing to accept the ghost who seems to resemble his deceased father. The specter, who claims to have been murdered by Claudius, calls upon Hamlet to avenge his death. Hamlet's current state of mind, the ghost's request for revenge, and the ghost's appeal to Hamlet for mercy toward his mother, all put the ghost's true existence in question. Clearly, Shakespeare intended the ghost to be a manifestation of Hamlet's mind.

Feelings of anger and confusion have created a situation which has made Hamlet's state of mind especially susceptible to falsehoods and manipulation. Hamlet has been overcome with pain in mourning his father's death. He is ex...
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