Let’s begin this discussion by taking a look at what some of the critics have had to say over the years about Hamlet’s delay. One critic points out that Hamlet would be damning himself by fulfilling the ghost’s demand and “it is understandable that he will not immediately react to its orders until he has tested out the accusations for himself,” (Cowling) a point which will be elaborated later in this discussion. This same critic points out that in Elizabethan times, any ghost that appeared in the context in which the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears would have been considered evil. The ghost moves under the stage, which in Shakespeare’s time was “a theatrical creation of Hell” (Cowling). Should Hamlet so readily believe the words of an evil ghost? This is another point which will be further elaborated later in this discussion. Another conundrum that existed with Elizabethan audiences that modern audiences may have a hard time grasping, is the Elizabethan’s perce...
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