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In Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeares Hamlet the ghost of King Hamlet can be portrayed as either a harsh mean and demanding father or a caring nice and understanding dad This depends on how you manipulate the lighting actions which includes speech and other special effects By manipulating the lighting on the ghost of King Hamlet he can be presented as either a demanding and harsh father or a caring and understanding dad To present the ghost as a demanding and harsh father you could use a bright red light shining on him Using a red light would portray him as evil because the color red is associated with such things as fire and hell both which have negative connotations For example at the beginning of the scene a single red light can shine down on the ghost from behind casting a dark shadow onto Hamlet When the ghost says Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder The single light from behind could move to directly over the ghost casting a shadow onto his face to make him look even more menacing Also lights all over the stage would begin at a low red glow and slowly rise to a bright red engulfing the whole stage when the ghost finishes off the quote saying murder If you manipulate the light in another way the ghost can be presented as a caring father By using a white or a blue light would portray him as good because the colors of white and blue are connected with things such as heaven and angels both of which have good connotations For example when showing the ghost a white light could be coming at him from all angles following wherever he goes When the ghost of King Hamlet says Taint not thy mindaught A white light could be coming from under the stage shining up onto the ghost and also from all other angles This would cause
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