Walking Dead

April Lodge
ontemplation of the nature of human existence has troubled humanity for centuries. 'To be or not to be' is the question and it is one over which we continue to toil. This article returns to Shakespeare's Hamlet to assess various types of ghostliness in order to suggest that ghosts provide a new way of understanding the essence of Being. The theoretical application of deconstruction will offer an examination of opposing ideas, such as presence and absence, as a means to discuss how they are
more » ... s how they are connected. Ghosts are more than simply an entity that is 'other-worldly'. They occupy a physical space in the world and in their simultaneous state of life and death allow us to redefine the terms in which we discuss our own reality as humans. This article only considers ghostliness within Hamlet. However, there is scope to examine the ways in which a corporeal understanding of ghosts affects the way we perceive the protagonist's existence in the genre of revenge tragedy as a whole. Hamlet is alive in his pursuit of vengeance, yet fated to die upon the exaction of it. It is in this sense we can consider his Being as that of a corporeal ghost, which in turn creates new ways to articulate our human experience of life.  his article will argue that ghosts can be corporeal through an analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet, proposing that the eponymous protagonist can be considered as a ghost and that in his deconstructive state of existence he can bring about revolutionary changes in the state of Denmark. Beginning with the definitions of a spectre from, first, the writing of Jacques Derrida and then from Rodolphe Gasché, the article will consider the ghostliness of various scenes in the play. First of all, a quote from Derek Attridge based on the exteriority of the ghost of the King in the first Act will demonstrate how, in Hamlet, the ghost occupies a physical space in the world. This initial ghost acts as a catalyst to the subsequent actions of the play and gives rise to other types of ghosts; including the corporeal ghost of Hamlet, the spirit of revolution and the ghost of the C T