Why is the murder so "unnatural" according to both Hamlet and the ghost?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Given the general feeling that one needed to repent of their sins and receive last rites by a priest, the fact that Hamlet Sr. was murdered without the opportunity to do so was a very big part of it being so unnatural.

The other reasons have to do with the strange way of poisoning him by dropping the ebona in his ear rather than a more manly way of murdering him, the fact that it was his own brother who stole upon him in his hour of repose, and add to that that it was simply not a very natural way for such a powerful, accomplished man to exit his life.

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If you think about the "natural order" in Elizabethan times, the King was second only to God and therefore if someone were to kill/murder the King, the whole balance would be thrown off and would therefore be very unnatural.

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