Discuss Hamlet's statement, "The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right.”

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Act 1, xcene 5 is the famous "Ghost Scene" in Hamlet, when the ghost of Hamlet's father, the former King of Denmark, appears to Hamlet to tell him the truth about his death (Hamlet's uncle, Claudius, did it!) and to implore Hamlet to swear that he'll avenge his death.

If thou didst ever thy dear father love—

Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. (1.5.23-25.)

Caught up in the moment and eager to please his father, Hamlet swears to avenge his murder even before he's heard the story that his father came to tell him.

Haste me o know't, that I, with wings as swift

As meditation or the thoughts of love,

May sweep to my revenge. (1.5.29-31)

The Ghost tells Hamlet the story of his murder and makes his exit.

Adieu, adieu! Hamlet, remember me. (1.5.91)

Hamlet vows by heaven, earth, and hell to put everything aside until he has revenged his father's death.

Yea, from the table of my memory

I'll wipe away all trivial fond records...

And thy commandment all alone shall live

Within the book and volume of my...

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