What is Hamlet’s conflict over the Ghost’s existence?

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Hamlet’s conflict over the ghost can be seen in this is a fascinating quotation from the Religio Medici by Dr. Thomas Brown a famous scientist of the 17th C.  “I believe…that those apparitions and ghosts of departed persons are not the wandering souls of men, but the unquiet walks of Devils, prompting and suggesting us into mischief, blood, and villany; instilling and stealing into our hearts that the blessed spirits are not at rest in their graves, but wander solicitous of the affairs of the World” (qtd. Rea 210).   Thus, for Shakespeare’s audience, the purpose of appearances of demons was to deceive the individual to whom they appeared and...

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