In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the Ghost has two very different desires in mind when it comes to how his son Hamlet will avenge Old Hamlet's murder.
It is in the fifth scene of Act One that Old Hamlet gives his son direction regarding how he should proceed in punishing his brother Claudius who not only wears Old Hamlet's crown, but also sleeps with Gertrude in the bonds of incestuous marriage. He also instructs Hamlet as to how he should treat his mother.
If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not.
Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
A couch for luxury and damned incest.
But, howsoever thou pursuest this act,
Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive
Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven,
And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge
To prick and sting her. (86-93)
It is noteworthy that Elizabethans believed that when a man and woman married, they became as one . It was understood that one could no longer tell where the husband's...
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