Investigation of Hamlet's Tragic Flaw that Led to his Demise

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Investigation of Hamlet's Tragic Flaw that Led to his Demise William Shakespeare's tragedy plays have fascinated people from the time of the renaissance to present modern times. All his tragedy plays are five acts long, and the climax of the play occurs in the third act. In each and every tragedy play there is a tragic hero who bears a tragic flaw. Every tragic hero usually possesses valor characteristics such as bravery, honesty, intelligence, and so on. In the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet the tragic hero is Hamlet. He is an emotionally scarred young man trying to avenge the murder of his father, the king. The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to Hamlet, telling him that he was murdered by his brother, Claudius, who has now become the king. Claudius has also married Gertrude, the old king's widow and Hamlet's mother. Hamlet's tragic flaw is caused by his intelligence, intellect, and over excessive contemplation of his actions entirely too much, that it becomes too good for his own good. In the end his flaw of procrastination resonates clearly, after he meets his demise. Given the situation that Hamlet finds himself in. He controls his grief and bitterness, when in the eye of the public. However, when in private he lashes out in a passionate soliloquy-revealing that his heart is nearly broken from his mother's hasty remarriage to his uncle. In this emotional pain, Hamlet contemplates suicide to resolve the pain that he must suffer while on this earth. But, he realizes that his religion forbids suicide- "His canon 'gainst self-slaughter. O God! O God!" (I, ii, 132). Here, Hamlet double thinks his action of committing suicide, and ... ... middle of paper ... ...a.edu/~caylor/index221_files/aristoteliantragedy.htm> Cha, Heejung. Hamlet and Ideology. 7 Jan. 2005. Dunn, Susan. The Tragic Flaw and Emotional Intelligence. 7 Jan. 2005 Eras of Elegance, Inc. A Brief History of the Arts. 7 Jan. 2005. Gill, Roma. OxfordSchoolShakespeare: Hamlet. Great Britain: University Press, Cambridge, 1992. Hazlitt, William. Hamlet Characters Analysis. 7 Jan. 2005. Phillips, Brian. SparkNote on Hamlet. 12 Jan. 2005 . Tragedy of Hamlet, The. 8 Jan. 2005. < http://www.field-of-themes.com/shakespeare/essays/Ehamlet5.htm>

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