Why does the Ghost of Hamlet’s father appear but not speak to the officers on sentinel duty?

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The sentinel is not included for a couple of reasons. One is that he may alert others, believing the former king to be an evil spirit. But the more important reason is that only Hamlet can avenge his father's death and he alone must be privy to the shocking truth. The ghost tells Hamlet , who listens, how he...

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Why does the Ghost of Hamlet’s father appear but not speak to the officers on sentinel duty?

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dedalus | Student

or, better yet, why is it that in act 1 everyone sees the ghost but, later, when hamlet is with his mother only he can see his father's ghost?

can the ghost "choose" who sees it?

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