The Ghost of King Hamlet

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In the play Hamlet, the deceased King Hamlet comes back as a ghost to tell his son the truth about the events surrounding his death. He then proceeds to ask Hamlet to get revenge for his death. In Hamlet, the king is a character who appears briefly throughout the play; however, his character serves to further the action and theme of the play and the development of his son's character. The King serves to further the plays actions by asking his son to get revenge for his unjust death. He tells Hamlet that Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, killed him and that he wants Hamlet to avenge his death. He then further instructs Hamlet to leave his mother's transgressions to Heaven. Through the quote, “Let not the royal bed of Denmark be A couch for luxury and damned incest. But howsomever thou pursues this act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught. Leave her to Heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge To prick and sting her” (Act 1, Scene 5), the ghost of King Hamlet directs the course of the play. While it is up to Hamlet as to how he proceeds to get revenge, it is now his duty to his father's memory and honor to get revenge on Claudius, but he is to leave his beloved mother to God. I thought the King wanted Hamlet to get revenge for what Claudius and Gertrude had done, but he didn't ask Hamlet to punish his mother because he didn't want Hamlet to have to live with the guilt of killing his own beloved mother. He furthered the action of

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