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n the play, "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, many aspects
contribute to the

tale of tragedy, but of these there is one thing that is purely essential to

famous story : the ghost of King Hamlet. The ghost of King Hamlet is so

important to "Hamlet" on so many levels, accounting for most
issues, directly

or indirectly, that are involved in the drama. The intrigue of the pale

creates many things such as Hamlet's procrastination, it also projects the

image of Hamlet's madness, and most importantly, it provides the plot of the

story: Hamlet seeking revenge for King Hamlet's murder. The mystery that

was set at the beginning of the play, with the appearance of the king's

was resolved when his son Hamlet went to the battlements after a quick game

of follow the leader. This is where King Hamlet's visage speaks to Hamlet,

saying not the most famous words of the play, but the words with the most

meaning. At this time King Hamlet tells his son the truth of his death. Here
it is

revealed that King Hamlet did not die of a tragic accident, but of a

treacherous betrayal by his own dear brother. With this event revealed the

story is set in motion with Hamlet seeking to avenge his father's untimely

demise and with Hamlet also seeking the death of Claudius. With Hamlet's

new found knowledge about the murderous Claudius, another aspect of

Hamlet is shed light upon. Hamlet's so called "procrastination" is
brought forth

with the apparition's information. Because the prince was unknowing of his

father's true identity, whether he was truly his father, King Hamlet, or a

devious imposter sent by the devil himself to make Hamlet commit a deed of

unrepentable evil. To make sure the accusations of the spirit were true,

Hamlet set out on a quest to test the validity of the statements made. So,

through half the play, Hamlet goes forth looking for clues, finding no hard

evidence but plenty of suspicion. It wasn't until the actors came that he

pondered on an idea that would test the truth of the words that were

circulating in his mind. Here Hamlet decided "the play is the thing, to
catch the

conscience of the King"...