In Act 1 of Hamlet, what is the effect of Horatio's news of the ghost?
Hamlet is deeply unsettled to hear of his father's presence as a ghost. At first he believes that it must be some kind of trick, so he asks questions to find out as much as he can. He asks Horatio a question that is almost a statement: "his beard was grizzled, no?" But we find out that it's a trick question, because Horatio says "it was, as I have seen it in his life/A sable silvered"—that is, salt-and-pepper, not gray. Hamlet at first believes that someone is pretending to be his dead father, but in the end, he becomes convinced that at least he should see what it is happening. He is worried enough to say: "my father's spirit—in arms! All is not well. /I doubt some foul play." That...
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