In Act One, what does Hamlet learn from the Ghost's speech?  

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In Act I, Scene V, Hamlet learns a number of important facts from the speech made by the ghost. Here are some of the key points:

  • Hamlet learns that this ghost is that of his recently-deceased father, the king. Moreover, his father is currently trapped in Purgatory (the place between Heaven and Hell) because he must do penance for the sins he committed while he was alive.
  • The ghost claims that he was not bitten by a venomous snake, as the rumors stated. In fact, he was murdered by Hamlet's uncle while taking his afternoon nap. The murder weapon was a vial of poison which was poured into his...

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