Analysis of Hamlet

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Hamlet is a suspenseful play that introduces the topic of tragedy. Throughout the play, Hamlet displays anger, uncertainty, and obsession with death. Although Hamlet is unaware of it, these emotions cause the mishaps that occur throughout the play. These emotions combined with his unawareness are the leading basis for the tragic hero’s flaws. These flaws lead Hamlet not to be a bad man, but a regular form of imperfection that comes along with being human.

When Hamlet is first encountered with the ghost that resembles his father, it is revealed that his uncle Claudius might have been the cause of his father’s death. Hamlet is then confused about what he should believe and how he should react. He is extremely angered by whatever truth there may be in this disclosure. Can he have certain knowledge from the ghost? Is the ghost what it appears to be, or is it a misleading evil spirit? Is the ghost a reliable source for the facts of the actual crime? These questions are the cause of Hamlet’s uncertainty. Hamlet tries to be realistic, but also open-minded. How can he avenge his father’s death justly and legitimately prove his father’s murder with no actual witnesses of the crime? This puts Hamlet in deep thought. Once he believes the ghost, he must decide a course of action. His action must justify what is right and what was done wrong.

Although Hamlet wants to take his own action of vengeance, he tries to evaluate his uncle’s reasons for his actions. When it becomes relevant to him that the king murdered his father for the queen and the throne, he becomes even more angered with his father‘s lost. The question of how to act is affected not only by reasonable conside...

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to bodies after they die. Revenge becomes Hamlet’s main objective. What Hamlet doesn’t realize is that with revenge comes consequence. Through all his questioning, Hamlet never questions what might happen to him when he carries out his plan of action. This can be viewed as Hamlet’s main flaw. Hamlet’s flaws do not make him an unjustly, bad man or an evil soul. It simply makes him a man of shortcomings and of convinced beliefs. A man seems to follow what is taught and what seems to be true. The development of action is affected by this and causes the man to do what any other person has and will always do- follow their heart.
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