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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. HAMLET Haste me to know 't, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge. ( Hamlet, 1.5:31-37) The ghost explains to Hamlet that he was killed in a foul and unnatural murder. This leads to Hamlet desiring to establish justice for his father’s murder. Hamlet realizes that Claudius is the enemy, and that he must fight for his father’s legacy. Once again, another contrast arises when evaluating the lengths King Hamlet and Claudius would go to get what they desire. King Hamlet promotes fairness and justice, but Claudius encourages lies, injustice, and cruelty. Moreover, the fact that Claudius sinks down to a level so deep and shallow truly reflects what mankind has become. Galatians 5:19-21 says, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchGalatians 5:19-21 says, “The acts of ery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of the flesh are obvious: sexual rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; immorality, impurity and debauchery; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish inherit the kingdom of God.” The actions that the Bible ambition, dissensions, factions and speaks of directly parallel the wretched actions that Claudius envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. commits. In addition, Claudius has a deep sense of unfulfillI warn you, as I did before, that those ment welling up deep within him. This grew into hatred, who live like this will not inherit the which soon developed into murder. Claudius seeks fulfillkingdom of God.” ment in ways that he thought would satisfy him, but he was unfortunately faces more difficulties, such as Hamlet. Hamlet realizes the truth behind Claudius’s deceitful manner and treacherous actions. Hamlet has a very difficult time reasoning through the fact that his uncle killed his father and stole his wife. He began questioning everything and he realizes who his true friends are. Hamlet says, ”To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there’s the respect That makes calamity of so long life; (continued on page 6…) 5

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