It is one of the most influential works of literature ever written Type of Work Macbeth is a tragic stage play. Skeat, Ety.In Act I, scene v, as the ghost disappears, Hamlet seems to have too much nervous energy to deal competently with the curious Horatio and Marcellus. Apparently a mixture of constructions between 'by my advice do you impart,' and 'if you agree with my advice, let us impart. Essay on Criticism, ll. In this case, the death of Hamlets father is the unresolved event as well the revenge necessary to give the tormented soul repose. They entreat the Ghost to stay and talk, but it dissolves into the night. The quartos give this speech to Horatio; and many editors follow them on the ground that Marcellus would not use the contemptuous expression this thing of that which he immediately afterwards calls "this dreaded sight," while in the mouth of the sceptical Horatio such contempt would be appropriate. The message of which was the truth behind his death and that Claudius was the assassin Consider that the English people believed that their monarchs ruled by Divine Right, that God Himself appointed them to rule the land.
His treacherous murder, death, and mystery surround the plot. I am ready to stake my life upon the certainty of the spirit doing as I say. Hamlet answers the worried calls of Horatio and Marcellus, telling them nothing specific but demanding that they both take an oath to tell no one what they have seen and heard.
And why The ghost created mystery for the audience, spawns the chain of death and treachery in Denmark, causes characters to question the death of their former king, and makes the metaphysics of the play dark. Grant White objects that Horatio does not yet believe that the Ghost has appeared at all; but in his mouth the words need not mean more than 'has your imagination again been conjuring up this apparition you told me of?
Analysis The spooky cold that Francisco describes as he and Barnardo exchange posts thoroughly sets the mood of the play, which Yale Professor Maynard Mack describes as "mysterious and equivocal, a mixture of bright surfaces and dark forces where what seems both is and is not.
For return'd, involving no idea of going back, cp. The dark and rainy atmosphere of Denmark is supplemented by Shakespeare keeping the play very serious, just as a tragedy should be.
So Hamlet must wrest retribution only from Claudius.