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William Shakespeares Hamlet is a tragic story involving themes of sanity revenge mourning chaos and also the interactions and conflicts among these themes These different themes are exhibited through the complex actions of several important characters in the play Hamlet Claudius Gertrude Polonius and Horatio all are key elements of the plot and each have a strong effect on the unfolding events of the play However there is one character that has a minor part but plays a major role the Ghost of King Hamlet Even as a character that might possibly not even exist upon examination this ghost plays an integral role in the play as it exhibits and affects varied elements of the aforementioned themes One of the first themes noticed in the play is the theme of sanity This theme is introduced almost immediately in Act I Scene 1 as the characters Bernardo Marcellus and Horatio are conversing about the presence and reappearance of a ghost When discussing ghosts and other spirits one can immediately suspect and judge the validity of these claims Are Bernardo and Marcellus merely hallucinating with the Ghost existing only in their minds Or have the two guards actually seen the real Ghost of King Hamlet Either explanation is possible at this point but the question of sanity is one that should linger in the minds of the readers Bernardo and Marcellus are not sure of their own sanity and have brought Horatio along to confirm their vision Just as they are talking about the ghost it appears In the same figure like the King thats dead Bernardo asks Is not this something more than fantasy They cannot believe their eyes as the Ghost has appeared before all of them Could it possibly be that all three men are insane and have just seen an illusion as Horatio calls it The fact that the three of them all see the apparition gives credence to the notion that
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