The Ghost in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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The Ghost in William Shakespeare's Hamlet I will be discussing the Shakespeare play Hamlet and the effectiveness of the ghost as a dramatic devise, the audience I will be discussing is one that is contemporary to myself. To be able to discuss this I have to be able to examine the connotations of a ghost in Shakespearian times, and the connotation of a ghost to a modern audience. In Shakespearian times a Ghost lead to fear because a ghost was a wondering soul left upon earth to finish its’ life. Shakespearian people were of a more religious nature and were lead to believe that Ghosts were ungodly, due to the fact that they were unable to enter heaven once dead. The Shakespearian audience was also far more believing to what they saw and took what they saw on face value. Shakespearian audience were also more easy to impress do to the lack of comparisons, unlike modern audiences who are bombarded with many different interpretations of things; for example ghosts. Opposing to the Shakespearian audience views the contemporary audience views a ghost as a crass form of fright due to the over use of such a character, as a twenty-first century audience the use of a ghost is childish, and has a more two-dimensional view for a contemporary audience. As a contemporary culture we are less religious and more
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