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1

Ghost is

quintessentially militaristic - Worrall

2

The ghost is the spirit

of war and the symbol of the devil; corrupting Hamlet with his instructions to kill - Wells

3

revenge is tragic because

it divides the protagonist against himself, casting him in incompatible roles - Watson

4

Gertrude chose a brother over a dead Hamlet;

Ophelia chooses a father over a living Hamlet - Kay Stanton

5

[Hamlet is] philosophical, reflective, prone to questioning

and therefore aware of the larger moral implications of any act - Mary Salter

6

In order to act the part of the revenger,

he must become a bloody villain himself - John Hunt

7

Hamlet's situation is ambiguous, since he pursues not only a personal vendetta...

which Elizabethan commentators condemned but also official justice - which they tended to approve - Watson

8

a good king

must be a good actor - Patrick