Although this should not be the case, owing to his status as a combatant, the ghost becomes enraged and kills people out of fury. As a result, he is unlike the king in many ways. He does, however, bring an element of confusion to the village that they are unable to comprehend or explain.
The ghost of the King is described in detail, including how it resembles him when he was alive. When he slew Norway’s king, he was clothed in the same battle gear that he had worn when capturing his own kingdom. This implication is significant because Horatio is well-educated and less inclined to believe in spirits than most people.
The ghost appears to be the harbinger of Denmark’s dark days. The warlike appearance of the spirit is compared by Horatio to Denmark’s armed conflict with Norway.
In Act 1, Horatio, a confidant of Hamlet, joins the guards on their night shift at the royal palace. He wants to see the ghost Marcellus had mentioned. At first, Horatio is doubtful about it.
However, when he appears, he is “harrowed with fear and astonishment.” He tries to talk to the spirit but fails. After Denmark disappears, Marcellus and Horatio discuss Denmark’s modern situation.
Benedict and Horatio notice a number of soldiers going about the palace after Francisco de Goya’s death. He wonders if the military’s recent activities are connected to Prince Oscar’s preparations for war with Denmark.
He reminds them that the old king of Denmark seized Norwegian territory and murdered their king, which is why Old Hamlet was said to have appeared as a ghost. Furthermore, Horatio compares him to Julius Caesar. In recognition of the tumultuous upheaval that followed his assassination, he refers to him as “Julius Ceasar.”
The ghost returns, interrupting Horatio’s speech, and then vanishes with the cock’s crowing sound. According to Lewis: “The Ghost is on the hunt for something—revenge, Hamlet, or the Norwegians against whom Francisco, Marcellus, Barnardo, and Horatio are keeping watch.” When Horatio tells Hamlet about the ghost, he believes it will only talk to him.
Marcellus and Horatio’s descriptions of the ghost suggest that there is some sort of problem. Bernardo and Marcellus claimed they had seen the king’s ghost and intended to bring it to Horatio as well.