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Describe the mood that Shakespeare creates in the opening scene of Hamlet. when the ghost first appears. What specific words and actions create this mood?

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Compare and contrast the family unit of Polonius / Laertes / Ophelia with Hamlet's relationships to the Ghost of Hamlet Sr., to Gertrude and to Claudius.

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Why might shakespeare have chosen to remain in the grey areas rather than a more black and white depiction of good and evil?

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Hamlet is a play in which nothing can be taken at face value: appearances are frequently deceptive, and many characters engage in play-acting, spying and pretense. What deliberate attempts are made at deception? To what extent are they successful?

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