What does the scene on the castle's battlements in Shakespeare's Hamlet, reveal about Prince Hamlet's state of mind?

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At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Horatio comes to Hamlet to tell him that Old Hamlet's ghost has appeared on the battlements. Hamlet assures Horatio that he will join him there later, to see the spirit himself.

In Act One, scene four, Hamlet joins Horatio and Marcellus on the battlements at midnight. When Hamlet sees the Ghost, he reacts in several ways.

First, Hamlet approaches the Ghost, determined to speak to it.


...Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn'd,

Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,

Be thy intents wicked or charitable,    (45)

Thou comest in such a questionable shape

That I will speak to thee. I'll call thee Hamlet,

King, father, royal Dane. O, answer me!

Hamlet wants to know why the Ghost, looking so like his father, is walking the...

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