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What does Hamlet learn from the Ghost's speech?Act 1

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Posted May 27, 2010 at 11:47 AM via web

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What does Hamlet learn from the Ghost's speech?

Act 1

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 27, 2010 at 9:57 PM (Answer #1)

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In Hamlet Act I, Hamlet learns the following from the Ghost:

  • There is an afterlife.  He's not sure if the Ghost is a demon or a soul trapped in Purgatory, but he's definitely from some supernatural world.
  • Hamlet's father was murdered by his brother.

Sleeping within my orchard,
My custom always of the afternoon,
Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,
With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial,
And in the porches of my ears did pour
The leperous distilment;

  • Hamlet's mother was adulterous and incestuous.  She had an affair with Claudius before the marriage.
  • Hamlet must revenge his father by killing his uncle:

Avenge me.

Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
A couch for luxury and damned incest.

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