Hamlet Ambiguity In Hamlet

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William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” is a famous tragedy that is one of the most well-known, controversial play in which Shakespeare incorporates ambiguity to fortify his central proposition. Ambiguity not only serves the justification to deepen Shakespeare’s work but to also intricates his piece. Uncertainty, if not the main, is one of the most familiar concepts in Hamlet and in Shakespeare’s works in general. It may be perplexed, but within Hamlet using ambiguity brings forth ideas related to mystery of death, the desired and undesired, and Hamlet's insanity. Ambiguity creates intriguing contributions to Shakespeare works and makes “Hamlet” a unified whole. The play begins outside the castle of Elsinore where the ghost of recently deceased, King Hamlet arises. Likewise, with the emerging of the ghost, ambiguity surfaces in Shakespeare work. The uncertainty of the King Hamlet ghost being an angel or devil interconnects with the information the King tells Hamlet. After conversing with ghost, Hamlet gets the information that, Claudius murdered his father. If the ghost is indeed an angel trying to communicate with Hamlet, the information is true but if the ghost is the devil it may be untrue. When Hamlet first sees his father ghost, he believes it is an angel but because of his uncertainty he must confirm in order to be able to take the action of revenge and this ambiguity, starts the course of the play for Hamlet to prove the ghosts nature. Shakespeare although communicate to the audience, through Claudius soliloquy, that the ghost is an angel when Claudius admits the action of murdering his brother or King Hamlet. It isn’t until later in the play when Hamlet realizes that the ghost is an angel and telling the truth, and Hamlet indeed can rightfully get revenge on the truth. This ambiguity contributes to the whole work by complicating the theme of mystery of death, truth, and doing the right or wrong thing. Hamlet's mother, Gertrude , also adds ambiguity to the play due to Hamlet's doubt of her being guilty for his father death. Like the ghost being an angel or devil, Gertrude is questioned whether she is guilty or not. Contributing to the theme of death, curiosity, death, and proper action determination to

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