Paraphrase Hamlet's last speech in Act I.

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Hamlet's final words in Act I are spoken to ease the mind of the ghost. The ghost has told Hamlet that he can avenge his father's death that came at the hands of Claudius, but that he must leave his mother's punishment to heaven, meaning it is not for him to decide how she pay. Hamlet assures the ghost that his friends have sworn their secrecy (Horatio and Marcellus). He then cries out, "Oh cursed spite that I was ever born to set it right!"and what he means is that he wishes it wasn't up to him to avenge his father's death, but he accepts the mission to do so grudgingly.