Supernatural In Hamlet Essay

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Supernatural In Hamlet

In the time of William Shakespeare there was a strong belief in the existence of the
supernatural. Thus, the supernatural is a recurring aspect in many of Shakespeare's plays.
In two such plays, Hamlet and Macbeth, the supernatural is an integral part of the
structure of the plot. It provides a catalyst for action, an insight into character, and
augments the impact of many key scenes. The supernatural appears to the audience in many
varied forms. In Hamlet, the most notable form of the supernatural that appears is the
ghost. However, in Macbeth, a ghost, a floating dagger, witches, and prophetic apparitions
make appearances. The role of the supernatural is very important in Hamlet and Macbeth.
The role that the supernatural plays is important because it is an integral part of the
structure of the plot.

A ghost appearing in the form of Hamlet's father makes several appearances in the play. It
first appears to the watchmen, Marcellus and Bernardo, along with Horatio near the
guardsmens' post. The ghost says nothing to them and is perceived with fear and
apprehension; "it harrows me with fear and wonder". It is not until the appearance of
Hamlet that the ghost speaks, and only then after Horatio has expressed his fears about
Hamlet following it, "What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, or to the dreadful
summit of the cliff". This illustrates how Horatio is concerned for Hamlet's well being.

The conversation between the ghost and Hamlet serves as a catalyst for Hamlet's later
actions and provides insight into Hamlet's character. The information the ghost reveals
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