Hamlets “Faith” Cost him his Life A great chain of events in “Hamlet”, Shakespeare’s great revenge tragedy, leads to Hamlets own demise. His necessity for subterfuge allows him to inadvertently neglect is main objective, revenge. So much so that the ghost of his dead father appears to stipulate Hamlets reserved behavior towards his fathers revenge. “Do not forget. This visitation is to whet thy almost blunted purpose,” (83-84) says the ghost in a motivational manner which almost suggests a lack of faith on Hamlets behalf. Nevertheless, Hamlet is overflowing with faith. Faith in god, faith in himself, even faith in his dead father’s ghost a faith that will cost him his life. The untimely “Death” of King Hamlet, Hamlets father, has sparked a disturbance in the regularity of Denmark. Hamlets mother has waited “Not so much, not two” (12) months after the Kings death to remarry and her new husband, who coincidentally is King Hamlets brother, has swiftly embraced the throne. As the plot unfolds, King Hamlets ghost appears to young Hamlet. He explains the current dilemma and elicits a vengeful feeling from Hamlet, providing young Hamlet with purpose, to “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder”. (25) At first, Hamlet is weary of this appearance, but he compromises his thoughts and put his faith in the ghost. In addition, the ghost even evokes a vow of allegiance from Hamlet. However, at this juncture in time, Hamlet finds himself in a state of disbelief. “And shall I couple hell?” (26) speaks Hamlet once the ghost has departed, suggesting that Hamlet is very doubtful. However, his doubts are subsequently invalidated at the performance of ‘The Murde! r of Gonzago’ where he requests a group of players to enact a similar murder to that of King Hamlets. “I’ll have these players play something like the murder of my father before mine uncle…. The plays the thing wherein I’ll catch the …
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