Using all of his seemingly infinite faculties to compose Hamlet, Shakespeare gives each
significant character in the play all the depth and emotion of a living human being. Because of
this, the characters, as well as the plot, become extremely intricate and difficult to define.
Simply assigning a "label" to each character does not do justice to their complexity because no
one character acts according to any easily discernible guidelines.
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that goes on inside of him.
Was the Ghost a "Spirit of Health" or a "Goblin Damn'd?" Hamlet's encounter with the Ghost
was a pivotal point in his life. However, from that point on his life steadily became filled with
grief and strife. Considering all the casualties and losses in the name of vengeance, a
vengeance first sparked by the words of the Ghost, it must be determined that the Ghost is a