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

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In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet has many conflicts with his mother, father's ghost and other characters in the story. The main conflict that he faces is whether or not to kill King Claudius for the murder of his father. The reasons behind Hamlet's conflicted feelings are because he does not know if it was a good idea to kill Claudius because: 1) there is a possibility that Hamlet could be wrong about Claudius killing his father; 2) if he kills Claudius then how will he make sure Claudius is actually guilty of killing his father; 3) if he kills Claudius then how

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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...

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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 lead him to commit some sin that would cause the loss of his soul.  At first, certain that this is indeed a ghost,Hamlet says a brief prayer “Angels and minister of grace defend us! But repeatedly Hamlet needs reassurance that this is the spirit of his father rather than an evil demon demanding him to do a heinous crime:  kill the king.  His initial delay, therefore concerns this question:  Is the ghost his father asking him to seek revenge?  Or is the ghost an evil demon luring him into a crime that will result in the loss of his soul?

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The Ghost swears the soldiers to secrecy, putting an extra burden on Hamlet. His mission to avenge his father may require him to do things which will seem odd to others, and they won't be able to explain why he is acting that way. He feels he must get revenge against Claudius in ways that seem illogical, resulting in mental anguish. Hamlet shows a lack of passion in avenging his father's death. He doesn't know how and when to get revenge. He wonders whether the Ghost is a devil sent to damn him rather than his father's ghost. He seems unable to strike a balance between the emotional and the rational. As a result, he does nothing. His inaction disgusts him, but he continues his delay in seeking his revenge.

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