In Hamlet, explain, in your own words, the ghost's commands to Hamlet.

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I assume you are referring to Act I scene 5, when Hamlet manages to gain a private audience with the ghost. This scene is absolutely crucial to the play, as a lot depends on how interpret the Ghost as a character. Horatio has already pointed out the potential danger of listening to and believing the ghost, and this is something that comes back to haunt Hamlet later as he sets himself on a path to self-destruction. Whether we believe the Ghost or think he is a messenger of evil is crucial.

Either way, this scene is when Hamlet learns the "truth" of his father's death:

...but know thou noble youth,

The serpent that did sting thy father's life,

Now wears his crown.

The Ghost commands Hamlet to revenge his death therefore, which in turn drives the action of the rest of the play, as Hamlet seeks to fulfill the Ghost's command but also struggles with his conscience and other issues which paralyse him into indecision and arguably bring about the tragic ending of the play.

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You have asked that what the ghost commands his dear son-Hamlet, the prince of Denmark in Act I scene 5. My answer is below:

ANSWER:

Introduction: Hamlet was the handsome and charming prince of Denmark. His father- the former, late king of Denmark was also named Hamlet and his queen, Gertrude.

But his (King Hamlet's) younger brother-Claudius envied him and wanted himself to sit on the throne instead of him and to obtain his beautiful wife. As he was naturally a wicked person and so as far as his burning ambition was concerned, he could do whatever necessary to make it happen. He murdered him to fulfill his envious and lustful ambition. His beautiful wife-Queen Gertrude was off to no good, either. She loved Claudius and wanted him to become king and also helped him in his murdering of her husband. 

He killed King Hamlet in a secret way. One day, whilst the king was sleeping in the palace orchard, Claudius had crept up to him and committed murder by pouring a fatal poison – hebenon into his ears. He had later married Queen Gertrude to further ensure his obtaining of the king’s throne. In this way, he had become king.

But his nephew, Prince Hamlet was very sad. He always mourned for the death of his beloved father. But, one day, something weird happened.

Horatio- his dearest friend came rushing into his room with a strange story. He told him that the soldiers on guard the castle walls had seen the ghost of old King Hamlet. It had appeared at midnight, wearing the armour of the old king. They had also noted the deep sadness within it.

Hamlet was stunned and took it as very strange. He decided to stay with the soldiers at the castle walls to see what was really happening.

Main answer: Waiting for a while, atlast, the ghost came in sight.

At first, the ghost did not speak. It beckoned Hamlet to leave his companions and to follow it to the edge of the castle. Hamlet followed the ghost, then.

The ghost assured Hamlet that he was truely his father's spirit and told him to carefully listen to the words he was going to speak.

He told Hamlet that he was condemned to walk there every night until the revenge was taken for the crime committed against him. When Hamlet asked about the crime, the ghost replied that his death was not a simple death but an unnatural murder. While he was sleeping in his orchard, his brother - Claudius had crept up to him and poured some hebenon - a fatal poison into his ears. He also told him that his mother had also played a part in his murder. He wanted revenge and he commanded Hamlet that he must take his revenge for his father's murder on Claudius. However, strangely enough, he also warned Hamlet that not to harm his mother in any way as she would be led to repentance by her conscience. Saying this, he disappeared.

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You have asked that what the ghost commands his dear son-Hamlet, the prince of Denmark in Act I scene 5. My answer is below:

ANSWER:

Introduction: Hamlet was the handsome and charming prince of Denmark. His father- the former, late king of Denmark was also named Hamlet and his queen, Gertrude.

But his (King Hamlet's) younger brother-Claudius envied him and wanted himself to sit on the throne instead of him and to obtain his beautiful wife. As he was naturally a wicked person and so as far as his burning ambition was concerned, he could do whatever necessary to make it happen. He murdered him to fulfill his envious and lustful ambition. His beautiful wife-Queen Gertrude was off to no good, either. She loved Claudius and wanted him to become king and also helped him in his murdering of her husband. 

He killed King Hamlet in a secret way. One day, whilst the king was sleeping in the palace orchard, Claudius had crept up to him and committed murder by pouring a fatal poison – hebenon into his ears. He had later married Queen Gertrude to further ensure his obtaining of the king’s throne. In this way, he had become king.

But his nephew, Prince Hamlet was very sad. He always mourned for the death of his beloved father. But, one day, something weird happened.

Horatio- his dearest friend came rushing into his room with a strange story. He told him that the soldiers on guard the castle walls had seen the ghost of old King Hamlet. It had appeared at midnight, wearing the armour of the old king. They had also noted the deep sadness within it.

Hamlet was stunned and took it as very strange. He decided to stay with the soldiers at the castle walls to see what was really happening.

Main answer: Waiting for a while, atlast, the ghost came in sight.

At first, the ghost did not speak. It beckoned Hamlet to leave his companions and to follow it to the edge of the castle. Hamlet followed the ghost, then.

The ghost assured Hamlet that he was truely his father's spirit and told him to carefully listen to the words he was going to speak.

He told Hamlet that he was condemned to walk there every night until the revenge was taken for the crime committed against him. When Hamlet asked about the crime, the ghost replied that his death was not a simple death but an unnatural murder. While he was sleeping in his orchard, his brother - Claudius had crept up to him and poured some hebenon - a fatal poison into his ears. He also told him that his mother had also played a part in his murder. He wanted revenge and he commanded Hamlet that he must take his revenge for his father's murder on Claudius. However, strangely enough, he also warned Hamlet that not to harm his mother in any way as she would be led to repentance by her conscience. Saying this, he disappeared.

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