How Does Horatio Question The Ghost In Hamlet

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1 The mood set is complicated, but surrounds the theme of curiosity despite terror. Horatio concedes the ghost looks very much like the king and terrifies him “Most like. It harrows me with fear and wonder.” (1.1.43). Despite this, Barnardo and Marcellus urge Horatio to question the ghost. After the ghost leaves the first time, Horatio remarks “Before my God, I might not believe without the sensible and true avouch of mine own eyes.” (1.1.54-56). He is stating he would not believe the ghost to be real if he had not seen it with his own eyes. 2 Polonius is the Lord Chamberlain of Claudius's court, and the father of Laertes and Ophelia. He is an adviser to Denmark. He is extremely close to Claudius; “The head is not more native to the heart, the hand more instrumental to the mouth, than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.” (1.2.48-50). He is very disapproving of the relationship forming between Hamlet and Ophelia. He believes Hamlet to be young and rash, simply trying to seduce his daughter with no regard for her well being. In short, he believes Hamlet to have no true feelings for Ophelia…show more content…
He believes his mother moved on far to quickly after his fathers passing, abandoning all of the love his father gave her in favour of his Uncle Claudius. In addition, Hamlet believes his Father was a far superior man to his Uncle. “But two months Dead—nay, not so much, not two. So excellent a king, that was to this Hyperion to a satyr. So loving to my mother that he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly.”(1.2.139-42). Hamlet compares his father to Hyperion, a god, and his Uncle Claudius to a satyr, a beast. I believe Hamlet kept these feelings to himself due to the different societal pressures at the time. After losing his Father, and feeling betrayed by his mother, he had no one trusted to turn to. Making his true feelings of the marriage heard would be scandalous, and a huge breech of etiquette in the time

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