What is the ghost of King Hamlet's purpose in the play? Was he ever there or was he just a part of Hamlet's inner conscience? Where are some good sites to find information?

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Concerning Shakespeare's Hamletthe Ghost's purpose in the play is to avenge his own death.  The Ghost is the ghost of Hamlet's father, who was killed by Claudius.  The ghost tells Hamlet about the murder so Hamlet can avenge him.

If you mean rhetorically, ghosts were standard characters in Elizabethan revenge tragedies, and Shakespeare uses his to establish plot and conflict in the play.  The ghost is the catalyst for both.  The...

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