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The Idea of Spirits and the Supernatural You will no doubt notice that ghosts and spirits play a rather large role in Hamlet Not merely as an oft used character but also as a main basis for the plotline and one of the key indications of Hamlets madness His dead fathers spirit stays on our mortal plane to explain how he did to Hamlet The idea in the play is that the ghost is actually there as opposed to being a mere figment of Hamlets imagination What was the basis for Shakespeare to use the ghost in the first place The idea of supernatural beings was not new in Shakespeares time It has been around since the dawn of time due to mans constant fixation on that which he cannot see or explain However ideas surrounding ghosts seemed to get more serious in the Middle Ages due to the rise of many new and different religions Simply the belief in each person having his or her own spirit may have been enough for many people to see these ghosts However even with the wide occurrences of these visions and the ease of persuading someone that you had seen one there was back then as much as there is today your famed privileged elite The so-called enlightened people who knew better than to believe in such laughable matters They considered those who did believe to be mad The general thought process was that many men do sadly persuade themselves that they see or hear ghosts If you had seen a ghost you had in all likeliness gone through something that had caused significant melancholic or angry emotions The reasoning was that your brain to compensate formed a vision of something to do with those emotions Another explanation was that the death of someone dear to you could cause you to see that person in spirit If this happened you were thought to have
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