Hamlet: A Tragic Hero

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The tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most popular and greatest tragedy, presents his genius as a playwright and includes many numbers of themes and literary techniques. In all tragedies, the main character, called a tragic hero, suffers and usually dies at the end. Prince Hamlet is a model example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. Every tragedy must have a tragic hero. A tragic hero must own many good traits, but has a flaw that ultimately leads to his downfall. If not for this tragic flaw, the hero would be able to survive at the end of the play. A tragic hero must have free will and also have the characteristics of being brave and noble. In addition, the audience must feel some sympathy for the tragic hero.

In Hamlet, the play concerns the murder of the king of Denmark and the murdered king’s son quest for revenge. When Hamlet is introduced in Act 1 Scene 2, he is mourning the death of his father; the sudden marriage between his uncle and his mother also cause him much despair. Mixed in these emotions are anger and frustration because of the marriage as well. “If it be/why it seems...

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