The Ghost’s Satisfaction

At the end of Hamlet everyone is dead except Fortinbras and Horatio. A question that remains ambivalent is whether the ghost remains vexed due to Hamlet’s demise. Hamlet died with no fear of death but with concern over his honor. He died doubtless summa cum laude, the zenith of honor. He revenged his fathers murder which was the ghost’s command and because murder usually involves consequences for the slayer and dire ones too; the ghost wouldn’t be surprised by Hamlet’s death. In a way he was asking Hamlet to sacrifice himself as treason usually doesn’t involve light consequences. For these reasons I think King Hamlet can R.I.P.


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