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The supernatural is a recurring aspect in many of William Shakespeares plays In Hamlet there appears perhaps the most notable of the supernatural forms the ghost However in Macbeth not only does the ghost appear but a floating dagger witches and prophetic apparitions In both Hamlet and Macbeth the supernatural plays an intricate and very important role in the two plays In two such plays Hamlet and Macbeth the supernatural is an essential part of the structure of the plot The information the ghost reveals motivates Hamlet into action against a situation he is already uncomfortable with In scene V of act I Hamlet and the ghost appear together The ghost confesses to Hamlet that A serpent stung me so the whole ear of DenmarkIs by a forged process of my deathRankly abusdIv36-38 The ghosts words make it clear that he was not poisoned by a snake but murdered by his own brother In Hamlet if he had not seen the ghost of his father he would not have known that Claudius had killed his father to claim the throne The ghost asks Hamlet to seek revenge for the Kings death and Hamlet is thus propelled to set into action a series of events that ends in Hamlets death The core of the play then unfolds from the actions and words of this ghost In the famous To be or not to be soliloquy IIIi56-89 Hamlet makes it clear he is unsure of what action to take Hamlet encounters the ghost once more in his mothers bedroom The ghost reminds him to avenge his fathers death Hamlets revenge against his uncle Claudius is certainly stimulated by the ghosts words His fathers murder is forcing Hamlet to take action The supernatural occurs four times during the course of Macbeth It occurs in all the appearances of the witches in the appearance of Banquos ghost in the apparitions with their prophecies and the floating
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