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In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Hamlet is presented as a devoted son to the memory of his father King Hamlet It is not until after he is visited by the ghost of the dead king that he is faced with the decision of what his responsibilities are in finding out and avenging any wrong doings that may be related fathers death Although Hamlet does wind up fulfilling his responsibilities to the ghost he waits as long as possible to makes sure the information he received was one hundred percent true before doing so When Prince Hamlet returns home after hearing of his fathers death he is in great mourning for the obvious reason that he greatly respected and looked up to his father At the same time that he is coping with this great loss in his life he is also perplexed by the marriage of his mother the queen to his Uncle Claudius The reason that he found this unsettling other then the fact that she had chosen his fathers brother as her new husband was that she had done so in such an obscenely short amount of time The prince knew something was wrong with the situation but never suspected any foul play in his fathers death until the ghost of his father visited him When Hamlet saw the ghost for the first time his reaction was to be fearful of it He questioned his own sanity and could not believe what he was seeing After the ghost told him what had happened his reaction turned to astonishment and disbelief that such a horribly tainted act could have taken place right in the home that he was raised Despite the fact that he was very skeptical about the information the ghost was giving him he was still disgusted about his mothers actions and vengeful towards his uncle Hamlet has a very hard time morally
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