The Ghost of King Hamlet Perspective 1 The ghost of Hamlet is the focal point of the play, the symbol of mystery, and the dramatic catalyst for its actions. It is truly a symbol of evil. When the ghost appeared before Barnardo and Marcellus in full armor, this was a surefire way for the ghost to demoralize those charged with protecting Hamlet, the castle, and the kingdom of Denmark itself. In this case, the ghost was an entity which was designed to instill fear in any and all who came across it. Horatio, a friend of Hamlet, was also in the scene and he tried to take a commanding tone with the ghost and stated: "What art thou, usurp'st this time of night, Together with that fair and warlike form In which the majesty of buried Denmark Did...The end:
.....dness through their collective hallucination. However, much of this collective hallucination was manifested by the climate of insanity that Hamlet created at the castle with his raving diatribes and his aimless wanderings. The ghost later commanded Hamlet to “swear” to follow his instructions (Shakespeare 28). In essence, this was Hamlet trying to create an external figure to validate his own misgivings about a course of action. This is a typical manner in which individuals manifest hallucinations due to their own shortcomings. Works Cited Freud, Sigmund. New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1989. Print. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet: Prince of Denmark. Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1878. Print.