Table of Contents
- 1 What was the guards purpose in inviting Horatio to the midnight shift?
- 2 What do the watchmen want to show Horatio?
- 3 What three reasons does Horatio list for why the ghost may have returned from the grave?
- 4 What does Horatio mean when he says a piece of him?
- 5 Why does Horatio now believe Bernardo and Marcellus?
- 6 How does Horatio explain the appearance of this ghost?
What was the guards purpose in inviting Horatio to the midnight shift?
The guards want Horatio to try to get the ghost to talk, however it does not and vanishes.
Why do the other watchmen tell Horatio to try and speak to the ghost?
They believe they have seen King Hamlet’s ghost two nights previous. 3. Why does Marcellus think Horatio should speak to the ghost? Because he knew King Hamlet personally and he is more respected.
What do the watchmen want to show Horatio?
What do Marcellus and Bernardo want to show Horatio? They want to show him a ghost.
What reasons are suggested by Horatio for the appearance of the late king’s ghost?
Horatio believes that the ghost of the old king is an omen of bad tidings for Denmark. He cites an example from antiquity when, just before Julius Caesar was murdered, people saw ghosts as an indicator of bad things to come.
What three reasons does Horatio list for why the ghost may have returned from the grave?
1) It is a sign of some strange violence which is about to take place in their country. 2) Since young Fortinbras, who is on their borders, is eager to regain what his father had lost, he may try to begin a war. 3) It is a warning that disaster is coming.
What superstitions about ghosts are revealed in the behavior and conservation of Horatio and the guards?
What superstitions about ghosts are revealed in the behavior and conversation of Horatio and the guards? Ghosts were known to have serious power back in this time period. It is natural that the guards would be afraid that the ghost was haunting them.
What does Horatio mean when he says a piece of him?
a piece of him Horatio is saying his body is there with them, and his spirit, if not he belief in ghosts yet. In other words his scepticism is there in place of his belief.
Why does Horatio now believe Bernardo and Marcellus about the ghost?
Why do you think Horatio Barnardo and Marcellus want to talk about the ghost until Francisco leaves? Horatio is with Bernardo and Marcellus because they want Horatio to witness the appearance of the apparition so that they will have someone else acknowledge its happening.
Why does Horatio now believe Bernardo and Marcellus?
Horatio has joined them because Bernardo and Marcellus have seen a ghost, Horatio doesn’t believe them so they bring him to see the ghost. He saw that the ghost had a fair and warlike form, similar to the form of the dead King Hamlet of Denmark.
Why has Marcellus asked Horatio to come?
Horatio thinks it can’t be a ghost because there are no such things as ghosts. Marcellus and Bernardo thinks there must be ghosts because they have seen one. Shakespeare wanted Horatio to report the visit of the ghost to Hamlet because Horatio is Hamlet’s confidant throughout the play, right up to the very end.
How does Horatio explain the appearance of this ghost?
How does Horatio explain the appearance of King Hamlet’s ghost? He says it’s a warning sign. He says it’s a sign of peace. He claims it’s a sign of the King’s wishes for his son.
Why do Horatio and Marcellus decide to tell Hamlet about the ghost?
Horatio and Marcellus decide to tell Hamlet about the ghost because they believe that the ghost will actually speak to Hamlet because the ghost may be Hamlet’s father.