Is the Ghost in Hamlet Pure Evil? Essay

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The Ghost in Hamlet is a widely controversial topic with arguments determining whether the Ghost is a “goblin damn’d” or a “spirit of health.” (1.4.40) “‘A spirit of health’ is one, which comes from heaven with charitable intentions, and ‘a goblin damn’d’ is one, which comes from Hell with wicked intentions.” The Ghost only has two appearances in the play and is a symbol for uncertainty, yet it is important as it catalyses the play into action and also Hamlet into madness. The Ghost in Hamlet is an evil spirit returning to revenge his killer Claudius; which is a questionable action for a Catholic person leading the audience to believe that the Ghost is evil. He pressures Hamlet into revenging Claudius while destroying Hamlet’s …show more content…
The Ghost in Hamlet is a widely controversial topic with arguments determining whether the Ghost is a “goblin damn’d” or a “spirit of health.” (1.4.40) “‘A spirit of health’ is one, which comes from heaven with charitable intentions, and ‘a goblin damn’d’ is one, which comes from Hell with wicked intentions.” The Ghost only has two appearances in the play and is a symbol for uncertainty, yet it is important as it catalyses the play into action and also Hamlet into madness. The Ghost in Hamlet is an evil spirit returning to revenge his killer Claudius; which is a questionable action for a Catholic person leading the audience to believe that the Ghost is evil. He pressures Hamlet into revenging Claudius while destroying Hamlet’s reputation in the kingdom. The readers can contrast the madness of Ophelia and Hamlet to create the truth behind the Ghost allowing the reader to create their own decisions on the Ghost’s motives in returning to visit his son. The Ghost first appears in act 1 scene 1 when Horatio and Marcellus and Barnardo are outside the castle swapping the guard. Once Hamlet discovers that perhaps the Ghost is his father. After the encounter and reveal of secrets in act 1 scene 5 Hamlet announces he will become a madman, “As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on,” (1.5.171-172) It is obvious that Hamlet’s behaviour has varied immediately after his encounter with the Ghost when Hamlet

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