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Writing Practice – The Ghost’s Silence Jacky Chong The silence of the ghost is deliberately used to establish dramatic tension and suspense in Act I Scene I. The ghost of Hamlet’s dead father, the late King of Denmark, appears in Act I Scene I. Under Harotio’s continuous questioning, the ghost’s just “gone and will not answer”. Throughout Act I Scene I, the ghost enters and exits for several times, but never speaks. When it is
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Unformatted text preview: leaving, “it stalks away”, which makes it clear that it doesn’t belong to the traditional filthy whining ghost figure of the sixteenth-century stage. The ghost’s appearance stuns the audience and its silence makes the audience curious. The way the ghost walks hints that it is not an ordinary person, which further enhances the suspense in Act I Scene I....
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