Research Paper On Hamlet

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Research Paper: Hamlet It is usual to believe that only the main characters truly highlight the thematic significance of literary works. However, as seen in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the minor characters, Ophelia and the ghost of Hamlet senior, illuminate issues of central importance to the play, especially the thematic elements and character development. The ghost of Hamlet’s father triggers Hamlet’s emotions to avenge his father’s murder which sets the course for the rest of the play: GHOST – I am thy father’s spirit, Doomed for a certain term to walk the night And for the day confined to fast in fires Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away. … Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder (Act 1, Scene 5, lines 14 – 31). Hamlet is shocked to not only to see his father’s ghost but to also hear that he was murdered; he now feels it his duty to as the ghost wishes in order to save his family’s pride. The way the ghost of Hamlet’s father indirectly pressures Hamlet to avenge his death seems to leave Hamlet with no choice. “GHOST - O horrible, O horrible, most horrible! If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not. Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest. But, howsomever thou pursues this act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge To prick and sting her. ... Remember me.” (Act 1, Scene 5, lines 87 -98). A moral and psychological approach is taken at this point in the play; Hamlet has to contemplate what is would be the right thing to do and make sure he brings his uncle to justice without committing sin himself. Although the ghost of Hamlet’s father does not show any character development, its presence does ignite the character development of Hamlet: HAMLET – On him, on him! Look you how pale he

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