What is the significance of appearace of the ghost in Hamlet?

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Whenever ghosts, spirits, and other elements of the celestial or occult sphere appear in Shakespeare, you know things are unnatural and out of order. The ghost appearing in Hamlet is ocular proof that "something is rotten in the state of Denmark". In Shakespeare's cosmology, Angels and spirits which descend the chain of being to speak to men below suggest disorder and an interruption of the natural order. Killing a king, regicide, is very much an unnatural thing because in the great chain of being, Kings are the apex of men.

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