Shakespeare Hamlet's Flaws

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Flaws are inevitable traits that all human beings possess, although the flaws may varies from person to person. These traits often lead to the downfall of a man who may have both courage and dignity, but who also has an error in judgment. In William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince Hamlet suffers a change in fortune as he falls from happiness to misery after the death of his father. Like other Shakespearean tragic heroes, he is endowed with exceptional qualities such as royal birth, charisma, and popularity. He is very sensitive and religious-minded. He is essentially a scholar and a thinker with a noble brain that conceives the finest thoughts. However, his deep thoughts ultimately destroy his life as they result in inaction, …show more content…

From the very beginning of the play, the audience becomes aware of Hamlet’s on-going self conflict. Deeply impacted by his father’s unexpected death and his mother’s quick marriage to his uncle Claudius, Hamlet views the world as “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable,” and contemplates ending his seemingly miserable life (1.2.56-61). However, he hesitates because of the moral implications, lamenting that “the Everlasting had not fixed/ His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God, God!...Fie on ’t, ah fie”( 1.2.134-136)! Hamlet weights the benefits against the drawbacks of ending his own life. He recognizes that suicide is a crime in God’s eyes and could thus make his afterlife worse than his present situation. In his famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy, he questions the righteousness of life over death in moral terms and discusses the many possible reasons for either living or dying. When Hamlet utters “To be, or not to be that is the question,” he attempts to pose the question of life versus death in a rational and logical way; however, he is unable to decide whether the “Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” can be borne out since afterlife is so uncertain (3.1.59). Indeed, he is deeply concerned, fearing “ In that sleep of death what dreams may come”(3.1.61). While he contemplates ending his life, ultimately, Hamlet’s philosophical nature prevents him from doing …show more content…

Hamlet has numerous opportunities to kill Claudius, yet he always waits for a better time, a perfect one. After first hearing of the crime from his father's ghost, Hamlet immediately sets out to take action. Then he becomes doubtful, fearing his father’s ghost “May be the devil, and the devil hath power/ T' assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps/ Out of my weakness and my melancholy/ As he is very potent with such spirits/ Abuses me to damn me”(2.2.627-632). Hamlet then schemes to determine Claudius's guilt by enacting the Mousetrap, a play that delineates Claudius’s murder of the former king. His play succeeds and confirms Claudius’s guilt as his uncle disrupts and flees the play. Hamlet then catches Claudius alone in his chamber, and he goes to kill his uncle. However, when he draws his sword, Hamlet again hesitates, thinking “ Now he is praying/ And now I’ll do’t/ And so he goes to heaven”( 3.3.77-83). Hamlet is eager to damn Claudius’s soul, but he convinces himself that killing Claudius during his prayer will guarantee his uncle’s admission to heaven, thus, denying Hamlet his revenge. Consequently, he forgoes another opportunity to kill this villain, craving a more perfect time. Hamlet always resolves to wait and kill Claudius at another time, forever debating between his impulse and his ideas, “paralyzed by

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  • Analyzes how flaws are inevitable traits that all human beings possess, although the traits may varies from person to person. hamlet suffers a change in fortune as he falls from happiness to misery after the death of his father
  • Analyzes how hamlet's intense identification with and understanding of his thoughts is both his talent and his problem.
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