'Hamlet' and Revenge Essay by The Research Group

'Hamlet' and Revenge
Examines reasons for Hamlet's changing belief & doubt about the honesty of the Ghost, focusing on the conflict between revenge and fear.
# 12860 | 1,350 words | 4 sources | 1997 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)


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" This study will examine William Shakespeare's Hamlet to determine the reason Hamlet first believes in the honesty of the Ghost and then manifests profound doubts about that honesty. Of course, the fact that the Ghost is indeed telling the truth does not change; what changes is the fact that believing in the Ghost's honesty (with respect to Claudius' having killed Hamlet's father) requires Hamlet to kill Claudius for justice and revenge. This is an act for which the philosophical Hamlet is not prepared. Hamlet immediately believes the Ghost's claims about the truth of his father's death because he is already in a state of rage at Claudius and his mother for their hasty marriage in the wake of the murder. His subsequent "doubting" of the honesty of the Ghost is more a means of delaying the inevitable than it is a legitimate reason to test the Ghost's honesty by trying to.."

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