To display the characters’ flaws, Shakespeare uses three main characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius. Hamlet’s downfall is demonstrated through his flaw of inaction. Ophelia lacks self-confidence and opinion, and has to obey men like her father, Polonius. Claudius’s greed for power is the reason for his tragic fall. In Shakespeare tragic play Hamlet, the characters’ flaws of Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius makes them victims of their flaw.
The only logical explanation to Hamlet's actions is self doubt. Since he is unsure of himself, he cannot deem himself worthy of avenging his father's death. Though he does meet his purpose, it is a lengthy process of suffering for Hamlet and those who surround him that proceed this end. It is obvious that Shakespeare has added this flaw in Hamlet's character to create a more dramatic outcome of the play. Moreover, the tragedy is made memorable through the frustration that is felt by both Hamlet and the reader in long awaiting his ultimate act of revenge.
The Flaw of Excessive Thought in Hamlet In Hamlet, Shakespeare has his troubled title character dejectedly sigh the words, "there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so" (II.ii.255). With this line, Hamlet unwittingly defines the underlying theme of the play. The tragedy of Hamlet is based on conflicts produced when Hamlet and another character have conflicting feelings of what is "good or bad." Ophelia dies for the conflict between Hamlet's romantic love and Polonius and Laertes's protective caution. Hamlet himself is torn between whether to consider his father's ghost as an angel or a demon.
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, one often wonders what Hamlet’s tragic flaw is? Was it his anger, his passion, his own feigned madness taking control? Perhaps they played a part, but Prince Hamlet’s inability/hesitation to act, and his tendency towards rash actions are the tragic flaws that lead inevitably to his own demise. He is no Macbeth, Othello, or Oedipus for sure! Ironically, the combination of these two polar opposite traits, Hamlet's hesitation and sudden rash actions, lead to his downfall.
Hamlet’s choice of words such as “like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause(580)” shows Hamlet’s feelings of uselessness for not being stirred to act upon the revenge he has pro... ... middle of paper ... ... This is seen in the line “the spirit that I have seen might be the devil, and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape(610-612)”. I think that this reasoning is just an excuse for Hamlet’s procrastination as during his encounter with the ghost; he seemed to be somewhat convinced that the ghost is his father as he starts to think about revenge. He acts in a hypocritical manner, taking no actions into his own hands other than the staging of this play in which he will accomplish nothing. While Hamlet could infer that Claudius is guilty through the play, it will not put Hamlet any closer to the fulfillment of his promise and so Hamlet will find himself at the same position as before.
Hamlet’s first soliloquy begins with, “O that this too sullied flesh would melt,” (1.2.133). This reveals that he is depressed and appalled, but does not provide any evidence of insanity. In the same act Hamlet also directly tells Horatio that he is going to “feign madness” and that if Horatio notices any strange behaviors, it is because he is putting on an act (1.5.166). In the second act of the play, Shakespeare continues to drop hints that Hamlet’s madness is deliberately feigned in order to confuse and disconcert the king and his attendants. In one instance when Hamlet speaks to Polonius, Hamlet states, “Slanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here that old men have gray beards; that their faces wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum” (2.2.197).
Some believe that the death of his father drove Hamlet to apparent insanity. The prince displays erratic behaviors throughout the play because he does not know who he can trust in his own small circle. Those that were supposed to stand beside him have forsaken him and have left Hamlet surrounded by empty promises and lies. Hamlet behaves in an irrational manner to expose the transgressions of others and restore justice and peace to a world of deceit and chaos. Hamlet’s soliloquy “O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!”, confirms that Hamlet is indeed not mad.
Shakespeare seems to bring to the audience’s attention, the clear lack of logic when it comes to Hamlet’s view of Claudius against his father—deifying Old Hamlet while clearly demonizing Claudius. It’s also quite ironic that while the old dead king is referred to as Old Hamlet, Claudius is more like Hamlet than the young prince ever was in anyway ... ... middle of paper ... ...let seemingly goes mad over. While the murder of Old Hamlet is in essence wrong, Claudius ends up as the more level-headed one, a distinctly better option considering Hamlet’s growing murderous craze. Hamlet’s dogged attempts at convincing himself and those around him of Claudius’ evil, end up being Claudius’ best moments. The audience doesn’t have just one view of Claudius; the other characters favorable ideas of Claudius as king and person lets them see the humanity, good and bad, in Claudius.
Hamlet also deviates from God’s plan when he doesn’t kill Claudius because he may send him to a place Hamlet thinks he does not deserve; Heaven. He waits to kill and says, “Then trip him, that his hells may kick at Heaven/And that his soul may be as damned and black/As Hell, whereto it goes” (III, iii). Hamlet shows us his flaws, how his plans of action are different from Gods, the differences humans have from God and in turn gives a small picture of what it is to be human. The conscience is used in the play Hamlet for many important reasons. It is used to bring justice and to reveal failures and shortcomings.
The Struggle with Procrastination in Hamlet by William Shakespeare In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Hamlet, the main character, Hamlet, struggles with procrastination throughout the play. As Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, "No brilliant intellect can be considered valuable if one withdraws from action." It is this tragic flaw of inaction that eventually brings about Hamlet’s downfall. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet is given explicit instructions by the ghost to kill his uncle/step-father Claudius to avenge his father’s murder; yet, he fails to do so. Hamlet’s inaction and hesitation to kill Claudius is justified in his own mind and to the audience.