What reason does Hamlet give for being so cautious in taking revenge and so thorough in his search for evidence? Is his reason convincing?

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In act 1, scene 5, Hamlet interacts with his father's ghost, who informs him that Claudius is responsible for his death and carried out the murder while he was sleeping in the orchard. The Ghost then instructs Hamlet to avenge his death by murdering Claudius, and Hamlet vows to kill his uncle. Following Hamlet's interaction with his father's ghost, he requires Horatio and Marcellus to swear that they will never repeat what they witnessed and informs them that he will put on an "antic disposition."

Hamlet is evidently unsure about the Ghost's intentions and believes that it may be a malevolent spirit from Hell sent to destroy his soul, which is why he proceeds with caution and seeks concrete proof of his uncle's crime. In act 2,...

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