HAMLET CAUSAL ANALYSIS 4
Theevents in the play “Hamlet” portrays a real tragedy in literaturethat is based on the concept of cause and effects. The discussion onthe play will illustrate that all the events that form the plot ofthe play are effects of one single cause. The discussion willillustrate that the appearance of King Hamlet’s ghost is the causeof the effects in the play.
Theplay is based on a single act of a ghost of the late king Hamlet toappear in the ramparts of the castle of Elsinore in Denmark. Theappearance leads to the creation of the conflict of the play andcreate an environment for the events of the play to take place. Theantagonism exists between Prince Hamlet, the son of the dead king andthe Uncle Claudius. Claudius killed his brother and inherited thethrone after marrying the dead king’s wife. However, thisantagonism does not exist until the dead king instructs the son toseek revenge for his death and seek to take the throne that hisuncle.
Theappearance of the ghost creates the conflict in the play. Theconflict is between Hamlet and his uncle Claudius. These two are notagainst each other until the ghost of the dead king appears. Thisappearance makes the two antagonists and draws the lines where eachof them would play from. If the ghost did not appear, Hamlet wouldnot have known what had happened to his father. He would not haveknown that it is the uncle, Claudius, who killed his father andmarried his mother so that he can take the throne. The effect thatthe appearance of the ghost the main event in the play.
Theappearance of the ghost of the dead King Hamlet created the maincharacter in the play. Without the ghost’s appearance, the maincharacter, Hamlet would not have been created in the play as anantagonist. Prior to the appearance of the ghost, Hamlet was notfocused on any revenge and was not interested in death of the uncle.If the ghost did not appear and speak to him, he would have remainedas the humble and innocent son of the dead king. At the same time, hewould not have been searching for the way to prove the guilt of hisuncle Claudius. As the main causal action of the play, the appearanceof the ghost leads to the events that shape the plot of the play to atragic end.
Theappearance of the ghost leads to the devotion by Hamlet to avenge thedeath of his father. This devotion leads to a verbalization thatportrays him as a mad person, which is not the case. A significantpart of the plot is dominated by the soliloquy of Hamlet. Hamletfocuses on the reflection of what the ghost of his father told himthrough the monologues. The monologues present the impact that thereflection of his father’s death had on his life. As a result, thedevotion led to his contemplation of killing Claudius. This devotionleads to the creation of methods of proving the culpability ofClaudius.
Itis through the commitment resulting from the ghost’s message thatHamlet decides to kill Claudius at all cost. Unfortunately, he hitsthe wrong person, leading to a twist of events. If he did not getcommitted to the message by his father’s ghost, he would not havekilled the brother to the lady that he was dating. It is the death ofPolonius that leads to the death of Ophelia. However, the deaths werecaused by the immense commitment to revenge that Hamlet had. Thetwist sees him being sent into a foreign as Claudius seeks to escapethe wrath of the young man.
Moreover,the plans by King Claudius to kill the young prince Hamlet are causedby his murder of the old king. After learning that the young Hamletknows of his guilt in killing the old king, Claudius seeks ways ofeliminating Hamlet so that he can get the throne by himself. Allthese events are based on the message that Hamlet got from the ghostsof his father. Without the knowledge of who killed the old kingHamlet, all of the events in the play would have been different. Forinstance, Claudius and Hamlet would both have sought to kill eachother.
Whilethe play has several events that follow each other, the entire plotis based on the appearance of the ghost in Elsinore Castle. Theappearance of the old king’s ghost creates the central conflict inthe plot. The appearance and the message of the ghost create theconflict by creating the antagonists of the play through therevelation of the truth about the dead king. As a result of theghost’s revelation the young Hamlet gets the devotion andcommitment to avenge the death of his father. Throughout the plot allthe events are based on Hamlet’s plot to prove the culpability ofClaudius and kill him in revenge. The events and the plot make aretherefore the effects of the appearance of King Hamlet’s ghost andits revelation to prince Hamlet.