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Disscuss supernatural elements in Hamlet.

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devrupa | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 8, 2009 at 7:28 PM via web

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Disscuss supernatural elements in Hamlet.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 8, 2009 at 9:28 PM (Answer #1)

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The genesis of Hamlet's angst is the visitation of his father's ghost, a fact that he refuses to accept at first, which causes him great anxiety tinged with filial guilt.  Also represented in the presence of the ghost is the possibility that he is not Hamlet's father at all, but a manifestation of the devil trying to trick Hamlet into taking revenge on those who are suspected of killing the king. 

Therefore, Hamlet must consider whether the ghostly image is a temptation designed to allow him to forfeit his own mortal soul, or his father, beseeching his son to avenge his murder.

The supernatural in this play is a way for Shakespeare to introduce the presence of evil or evil doings, to give us a clue that dark forces are at work. It creates an unsettling atmosphere filled with fear and trepidation for Hamlet and the reader.  Supernatural forces are unpredictable, we never know how they will strike or at which character.

Hamlet is also consumed with the deep and mysterious question of contemplating the nature of death.  He becomes entangled in his own mind, procrastinating about what he should do regarding the murder of his father as he wanders the recesses of his mind looking for answers to the timeless questions regarding the meaning of human existence and the purpose of life.  

"Not only is death pervasive, its occurrence is a product of chance and circumstance. True, Hamlet anticipates his death, while Claudius and, perhaps, Laertes deserve theirs, but Polonius dies by accident as does the Queen, while Ophelia's suicide seems to be beyond her control. Life inevitably yields death and a wormy grave, and its occurrence cannot be foreseen or avoided" 

In any case, Hamlet is surrounded by death and its reminders, which in and of itself, is supernatural.

In Shakespeare's time, the supernatural, witches and spells and the tinkering with men's lives was a reality of everyday life.  The King at the time, King James I, was very interested in witches and witchcraft, that is why Shakespeare put the three witches in his tribute play Macbeth, where he honors the lineage of King James's ancestors and his succession to the throne. 

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renoa | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM (Answer #2)

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Hamlet is a tragic play that discuss the theme of revenge and hate. Shakespeare used the supernatural element throughout Hamlet's father ghost and that was a smart move to convey the unknown secret the father had .

 

Hamlet's father died and it said that a snake bit him but that wasn’t the truth . the ghost told Hamlet the sour truth by telling him that his father soul is arrested in the earth because it was killed . Hamlet's uncle killed his father and the ghost of his father is seeking revenge from the uncle .

 

The new king who is Hamlet's uncle didn't just kill the father , it also married Hamlet's mother and that made Hamlet furious and full of hate .

 

The role of the ghost is important in the play because it appeared many times in front of Hamlet and spoke to him asking him to take revenge .

 

 

The ghost is one of the characters in the play which rise the events by creating the inspiration of taking revenge . The ghost plays an important role in the  in Hamlet because it would not have had such a significant effect on his character and play.

 

In conclusion,  the ghost plays an extremely significant role in the play and brings enjoyment to all audiences. Shakespeare gave us a wonderful play that still has its value .

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