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Written by Ana L
(5/23/2003 12:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, More things in this world...than are dreamed of ....., penned by Caroline
] I think Shakespeare intended people to think about the truthfulnes of the ghost. There's whole (Elizabethan) religious controversy here about a) whether ghosts could only speak to specific people, and could only speak the truth, or b) whether ghosts were actually supernatural conjurations designed to lie and deceive.
WOW! For some reason, I have always believed that if ghosts existed they would only tell the truth. This opens up a new way of looking at this. I did not put much stock in Hamlet's ambivalence about "trusting" the ghost. I thought it was "silly thinking" on his part. I mean, how can a ghost not tell truth! Especially, a "father" ghost.
Knowing about the Elizabethan religious controversy about ghosts adds another layer to Hamlet's dilemma.
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