Hamlet actions don’t differ from everyday people. Hamlet show evidence of melancholic and rash emotions during the play, but his pride is obviously indecisive. The moment Hamlet is introduced to the play we are struck by what a melancholic character he appears to be. His sadness only disappears when he is being rash, illustrated both by his impulsive choice to follow the Ghost and when Hamlet kills Polonius. These faults, however, seem less extreme when compared to his pride, which is indecisive on whether or not to kill Claudius.
Hamlet should not be identified as a courageous hero seeking to avenge his father but instead as a coward lacking determination. Hamlet and revenge are almost synonymous. Hamlet and determination are not. As a primary theme of the play revenge is very easy to spot throughout and with it so is Hamlet’s lack of fortitude. During various points in the play, Hamlet is presented with opportunities and chances to retaliate on behalf of his father.
Therefore they serve to distinguish the original Hamlet from the specious character he plays within the play itself. Similarly in The Revenger’s Tragedy, Middleton attempts to separate Vindice from the role he adopts as the pander. However, the consequences of these revelations of truth are divergent. Whilst in The Revenger’s Tragedy, Vindice is able to disconnect genuine feeling from necessary action, and acts contrary to the emotions revealed in his asides, Hamlet’s soliloquies indicate his course of action. The reluctance to act that Hamlet expresses in his soliloquies translates to his ineffectuality at revenging his father’s death.
I believe that it is a tragedy because of Hamlet's tragic flaw. Hamlet's tragic flaw is that he cannot act on impulse for things that require quick, decisive behavior, and that he acts on impulse for things that require more contemplation than is given by him. Hamlet speaks of his father's tragic flaw that ultimately led him to his death, but it applies equally well to himself: So, oft it chances in particular men, That for some vicious mole of nature in them, As, in their birth, wherein they are not guilty (Since nature cannot choose his origin), By the o'ergrowth of some complexion, Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason, Or by some habit that too much o'er-leavens The form of plausive manners--that these men, Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, Being nature's livery, or fortune's star, Their virtues else, be they as pure as grace, As infinite as man may undergo, Shall in the general censure take corruption From that particular fault. The dram of evil Doth all the noble substance of a doubt To his own scandal. (1.4.23-38) Hamlet speaks of the one defect that is in particular men from birth, and the fact that that one defect is his "particular fault".
Hamlets procrastination and indecisiveness led to his failure to satisfy his revenge. His self depreciation made him feel less worthy and led him to take suicide into consideration. Although Hamlet struggled through all these obstacles he accomplished his objective with valor.
This speech is his internal philosophical debate on the advantages and disadvantages of existence. While this soliloquy may seem like madness on the surface, it actually works to dispel the notion that Hamlet is truly mad. It makes clear the fact that Hamlet still has his senses and his madness is simply an antic. In this act, the king also becomes suspicious of Hamlet’s madness and is never quite convinced of it. His instructions to his henchmen from earlier in the play, “Get from him why he puts on this confusion” (2.1.2), imply that he perceives it as a pretense.
Hamlet finds himself making the “least worse” decision, due to the fact that there is no clear right decision to take. The intricacies of the plots add to Hamlet’s desperation and indecisiveness. Hamlet is real; one can identify with him. The uncertainty his of life provides no clear path, but rather a rugged and confusing road. Many times there is no right answer.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that makes great use of foil characters. Shakespeare uses the minor characters to help give his main character, Hamlet, more definition and multi-faceted characteristics. Foils are able to do this by contrasting their traits to those of the main character. One major foil in Hamlet is Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle. Claudius responds to situations with a decisive manor, has few morals if any and he is always power-hungry and will do anything to get that power.
While Hamlet scrutinizes and evaluates the consequences of his actions, Laertes acts without forethought, saying, "Let come what comes only I'll be revenged / Most thoroughly for my father" (IV.v.138). However, his hastiness allows him to fall victim to Claudius' manipulative nature and he becomes a puppet in Claudius' plot to dispose of Hamlet. This accentuates one of Hamlets strengths, one that he reveals when he states, "Call me what instrument you will you cannot play upon me." (III.ii.380) he is not easily influenced by the people around him. Laertes further highlights Hamlet's strengths when he states that he would "cut [Hamlet's] throat i' the church" (IV.vii.126).