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The presence of the ghost in Shakespeares Hamlet emits an eerie tone while foreshadowing a theme of death In addition to this theme it also illuminates the mystery surrounding the death of Hamlets father the King of Denmark Ghostly figures often represent unresolved matters in literary works as well as a prediction for revenge the is necessary to put the tormented soul at rest In Hamlets case the ghost creates mystery for the audience spawns death and treachery in Denmark and makes the play as a whole appear dark and gloomy The ghost does not speak despite the efforts of Horatio Marcellus and Bernardo and such bliss creates suspense in the audience as they are unaware of the intentions as well as the purpose of the ghost However the ghost is late utilized to aware Hamlet and the audience of the murder of the King by his own brother Claudius The ghost does finally speak and says this to Hamlet Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder Murder most foul as in the best it is But this most foul strange and unnatural A serpent stung me So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused But now thou noble youth The serpent that did sting thy fathers life Now wears his crown Those two statements undoubtedly reveal the culprit of the Kings murder It eludes to the manner in which the King was untimely assassinated as well as the plot of revenge Hamlet will seek upon his fathers murderer Even though the ghost appeared to be Hamlets father those who saw him were truly fearful In the sixteenth century a ghost could be thought to be a demon attempting to deceive a gullible subject The first signs of fear are demonstrated when the ghost first appears to Horatio Marcellus and Bernardo as they are on watch The ghost appears to Horatio
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