The spirit that claims to be Hamlet's dead father, forced to endure the fires of Purgatory because he was murdered by Claudius in his sleep without being able to ask forgiveness for his sins. The Ghost orders Hamlet to get revenge against Claudius, but spare Gertrude. Evidence in the play suggests that the Ghost really is the spirit of Hamlet's father, though Hamlet himself wonders at times if the Ghost might be a demon in disguise.
The Ghost Character Timeline in Hamlet
The timeline below shows where the character The Ghost appears in Hamlet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 1
Act 1, scene 2
Act 1, scene 4
Act 1, scene 5
Act 3, scene 2
Act 3, scene 4