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Hamlet and his father (the ghost)

The relationship between Hamlet and his father (the ghost)
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Keara Maynard

on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of Hamlet and his father (the ghost)

The play begins after the death of Hamlet's father so the audience never gets to see their relationship Evidence of strong relationship in which Hamlet admired and was loyal to his father Relationship begins after their interaction when Hamlet is eager, but skeptical to believe ghost's words Climax of the play This line is evidence of Hamlet's love for his father and displays Hamlet's deep depression, which is what drives him throughout the play. “'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,/Nor customary suits of solemn black,/Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,/No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,/Nor the dejected 'havior of the visage,/Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief,/That can denote me truly.” (I.II.78-83) “See, what a grace was seated on this brow?/Hyperion’s curls, the front of Jove himself,/An eye like Mars to threaten and command,/A station like the herald Mercury/New-lighted on a heaven-kissing hill—/A combination and a form indeed/Where every god did seem to set his seal/To give the world assurance of a man.”(III.VI.56-63) These lines show Hamlet’s admiration for his father and shows he thought of him as incredibly powerful and a worthy King. Hamlet describes his father with Godly features and approvals

He uses a metaphor and describes his dad as a fair mountain. "The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword/ Th'expectancy and rose of the fair state,/ The glass of fashion and the mold of form,/ Th'observed of all observers, quite, quite down!" (III.I.154-157) “Something have you heard/Of Hamlet’s “transformation”—so call it/Since nor th' exterior nor the inward man/Resembles that it was.” (II.II.4-7) Hamlet's Descend to Madness Hamlet’s vow is also important because it makes Hamlet become consumed with trying to prove his uncle guilty and begin to act mentally unstable and dress unrefined. The ghost’s influence also begins to increase Hamlet’s already suicidal thoughts with those of the afterlife. “…The undiscovered country from whose bourn/No traveler returns…” (III.I.80-81) Appearance versus Reality Is the ghost really there or is Hamlet just insane?

When it appears in front of Gertrude she can't see or hear it.
HAMLET Do you see nothing there?

QUEEN Nothing at all, yet all that is I see.

HAMLET Nor did you nothing hear?

QUEEN No, nothing but ourselves.
(III.VI.136-39) Hamlet creates dramatic irony because he and the audience know of Claudius' crime, but he continues to act as if he doesn't. The ghost uses the rule of three and irony when talking to Hamlet. Literary Devices Hamlet's Relationship with his father Hamlet and the Ghost The ghost first appears in act 1 scene 1 in front of Horatio, Bernardo and Marcellus. Hamlet is eager to see the ghost and go with it in act 1 scene 4. “Alas, poor ghost!”(I.V.5) suggesting Hamlet cares for the ghost without even knowing what it truly is which shows his eagerness. The ghost's word's lead to Hamlet discovering the truth of his father's death and vowing to kill Claudius. Hamlet is able to tolerate Claudius Hamlet vowes to avenge his father Hamlet kills Claudius “Do not forget. This visitation/Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.”(III.VI.114-115) this reminder only reinforces the theme of revenge because it reawakens the vengeance in Hamlet. Influence of the Ghost on the Plot

Hamlet’s relationship with the ghost connect to the message of the inaction and absurdity of revenge because ultimately, his revenge was pointless. The relationship also relates to the message of mystery around death, because after Hamlet becomes preoccupied with the afterlife. Connections
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