Hamlet's Relationship with the Ghost

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Hamlet's Relationship with the Ghost
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, a ghost is discovered walking the ramparts of Elsinore Castle in Denmark by Bernardo and Marcellus, a pair of watchmen, and Horatio. Resembling the recently deceased King Hamlet, the ghost eventually comes in contact with Prince Hamlet and declares that it is his father in spirit. The ghost's words leads to Hamlet discovering the truth of his father's death and vowing to kill Claudius. After ordering that Hamlet deal with the revenge of the man who preempted his throne and married his wife, the ghost vanishes. After that meeting, Hamlet has not been seen the same, devoting himself to avenging the death of his father, but not before entering a stage of melancholy and apparent absurdity.
The Ghost plays an important role to the entire play. Although there is a lack in appearances, each visit impacts his relationship with Hamlet. After his death, the Ghost comes back to his kingdom looking for his son. Because of that one major appearance and mentioning of his death, the most vital point of the whole play is given out. If the ghost had not risen from the dead, Hamlet would have no climatic meaning. A son must have utmost respect and undying love for his father to carry out such a vigorous retaliation. Possessing such intense feelings to avenge his father, Hamlet sacrifices his life in the pursuit of justice.
Hamlet's madness is caused after the appearance of the Ghost because throughout the play, people start noticing Hamlet changing. His madness was caused after he found out about the truth of his beloved father's death. "'Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard,/ A serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark/ Is by a forged process of my death/ Rankly abused. But know, thou noble youth,/ The serpent that did sting thy father's life/ Now wears his crown" (Act I. Scene V. L40-45).

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