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In Act 1 scene 5 of Hamlet, what does Hamlet tell Horatio and Marcellus?

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mark222 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM via web

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In Act 1 scene 5 of Hamlet, what does Hamlet tell Horatio and Marcellus?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 30, 2013 at 7:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Hamlet in Act I scene 5 has just received some very shocking news from the Ghost, and when the Ghost leaves and he returns to Horatio and Marcellus, they are of course very curious as to what the Ghost told him. Hamlet does his best to not tell them anything, but he make Horatio and Marcellus swear a vow to not reveal anything of what happened that night to anyone, and he does reveal something of his future plans as the following quote indicates:

As I perchance hereafter shall think meet

To put an antic disposition on...

Hamlet therefore tells Horatio and Marcellus very little of what the Ghost told him, but he does tell them that he is planning to pretend to be mad for his own purposes. He does not at this stage reveal that his father was killed by Claudius, but he does tell Horatio and Marcellus that the Ghost is "an honest ghost," rather than being a malevolent spirit, as they initially feared.

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