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October 19, 2005


Shakespeare, Hamlet (Acts 1 & 2) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Ghost: Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
Hamlet: Murder!
Ghost: Murder most foul, as in the best it is; but this most foul, strange and unnatural.

The ghost is Hamlets father who is telling him to kill his uncle that is marrying his mother. The ghosts calls his murder, his brother, foul and unnatural. He is foul because of his obscene nature of wanting to marry his brothers wife. It is very dishonorable as well because he knew his brother killed him to get his wife. Hamlet earlier stated that he had to hold his tongue on his mother marrying his uncle, he knows it is wrong and hurtful to him and his dead father.

Posted by Denamarie at October 19, 2005 10:32 PM

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Denamarie, I can see what you mean about it being dishonorable for Claudius, but what about Gertrude? She married Claudius so quickly after the death of her husband. This leads me to believe that perhaps Gertrude wasn't being totally faithful in her marriage before. She may not have known about the murder, but there was obviously some romantic connection between her and Claudius that was going on during her marriage with King Hamlet.

Posted by: Andy Lonigro at October 20, 2005 09:17 AM

I can see where you're coming from as well Denamarie. but i also agree with Andy. I feel in a way that their both in the wrong here because, like you said, Claudius killed his brother so he could have his wife. But Gertrude didn't really wait that long after the loss until she married him. I agree with what Andy said. It makes me think that Gertrudes marriage wasn't entirely 100% committed and that makes me a little skeptical.

Posted by: Danielle Meyer at October 20, 2005 01:42 PM

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