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Hamlet - Ghost The presence of the apparition in the opening scene of William Shakespeares Hamlet sets a macabre and eerie tone while emitting and foreshadowing a theme of death In addition to the death theme the presence of the ghost illuminates on the mystery surrounding the death of Hamlets father the King of Denmark Often in literature the presence of a ghost indicates something left unresolved In this case the death of Hamlets father is the unresolved event as well the revenge necessary to give the tormented soul repose The ghost created mystery for the audience spawns the chain of death and treachery in Denmark causes characters to question the death of their former king and makes the metaphysics of the play dark The ghost says nothing despite the valiant efforts on the parts of Horatio Marcellus and Bernardo Suspense is created when the audience is ignorant as to the purpose of the ghost Later in the play the ghost is utilized to allow Hamlet and the audience knowledge of the vile murder of the king by Claudius the kings own brother When the ghost finally speaks he tells Hamlet Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder Murder most foul as in the best it is But this most foul strange and unnaturalIv25-28 These quotes let Hamlet as well as the audience know that the fathers death was foul and unnatural contrary to popular belief The spirit then reveals the murder to Hamlet by professing this A serpent stung me So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused But know thou noble youth The serpent that did sting thy fathers life Now wears his crownIv35-39 This statement not only reveals the culprit it eludes to the manner in which the king was assassinated Upon hearing this Hamlet and the audience realize who the murderer is and how the plot of vengeance will unfold Without
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