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In literature some great effects can be caused in the work by characters who appear infrequently if at all One such character is the ghost of Hamlets father from the play Hamlet by Shakespeare He only appears twice but creates significant changes in the action the theme and the character development The ghosts appearances to talk to Hamlet change his thoughts and intents at each of the two times His first appearance is to tell Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius the new king and Hamlets uncle This is the inciting action that starts the true essence of the play Without this meeting Hamlet would only have suspected his uncle of foul play but would have no proof and no place to start from in his search for clues The ghosts second appearance interrupts Hamlets dialogue with his mother Gertrude He setsHamlet back on Gertrude who was uninvolved in the murder The theme is also affected by the ghoast He is the one who asks Hamlet to avenge his death The ideas of revenge is first presented there He also tells Hamlet that he is in hell since he was unable to have the last rites performed before his death This statement keeps Hamlet from killing Claudius while the murderer is praying The themes of heaven hell sin and absolution are involved this way A third way the ghoast causes changes is through development of characters Once Hamlet has spoken to the ghoast he changes from a depressed moody individual into someone full of anget and he plans to take revenge with a fiery passion As a means of escaping any responsibility for any crimes he many commit he uses a facade of madness which has drastic effects When the ghoast appears a second time he calms Hamlet who might have harmed Gertrude during their discussion Also Gertrude witnesses this and only sees Hamlet talking to air and truly believes
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