Hamlet And The Ghost

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How does the Ghost persuade Hamlet to accept the role of revenger? Faced by the spirit of the late King and his father, Hamlet feels a sense of duty to avenge his father’s death. Shakespeare’s use of manipulative language encourages the audience to consider the possibility of emotional blackmail acting as the tipping point that convinces Hamlet to take on the role of revenger. In Scene 4 of the first act, when Hamlet has his first encounter with the Ghost, he notes that he “com’st in such a questionable shape”, suggesting a distraught mind. This is reflected in the contrasting lines such as “spirit of health or goblin damned”, implying that Hamlet cannot be sure whose ghost he is facing. When addressing him as the spirit his father, Hamlet refers to him as “King” before “father”, possibly suggesting that he was a leader to his country first, then the father of a child. The audience identifies the kind of relationship Hamlet had with his father, which could be described as relatively formal, which is why the Ghost contradicts this opinion. When Hamlet and the Ghost are left alone, he refers to himself as “thy father’s spirit” instead of anything more powerful or royal. This admittance instantly creates a stronger bond between the two characters because it suggests a more personal motive for the Ghost’s presence, which Hamlet may pick up on and act. There is an implication of the Ghost using his title of ‘father’ as emotional blackmail to encourage Hamlet to avenge his death. The Ghost tells him of how he is stuck in Purgatory until he is cleared of his sins, reinforcing the idea of a spirit not at rest. As the son, the knowledge of his father’s spirit “doomed for a certain term to walk the night” can have a stressful impact on Hamlet, psychologically, because it is evident to the audience that Hamlet has a lot of love and respect for his father and would

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