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  • Hamlet's Fatal Flaw

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    particularly intriguing in regards to his fatal flaw. Hamlet’s fatal flaw is a specific trait that forces him to postpone killing the king and it is this trait that drives Hamlet mad (Shakespeare 1.4.23-38). This Shakespearean tragedy is open to many interpretations of Hamlet’s fatal flaw. Two recent film productions of the play, Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet and the Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, each show a different fatal flaw in Hamlet. Branaugh shows his fatal flaw to be that Hamlet over thinks everything

  • Hamlet's Fatal Flaw

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    Hamlet's fatal flaw is his inability to act. Unlike his father, Hamlet lets his intelligence rather than his heroism govern him. When he has a chance to kill Claudius, and take vengeance for his father's murder, he hesitates, reckoning that if he kills the man while he is at prayer, Claudius would have asked for pardon from the Lord and been forgiven of his sins, therefore allowing him to enter Heaven. Hamlet decides to wait for a better opening. His flaw of being hesitant in the end leads to

  • Guilt, a fatal flaw

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    Guilt is a consuming force capable of corrupting even the most just. Its effects lasting through the centuries, turning the steel minded to weakened shadows of men. More than anything else guilt changes people; it takes hold of thoughts, challenges sanity and erases morals. It triggers an internal battle between right and wrong, a force proven to be unstoppable, a thirst proven to be unquenchable. There is no better example of this than in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Macbeth, written in 1606, displays

  • Hamlet Fatal Flaw Analysis

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    Finding the Fatal Flaw in Hamlet William Shakespeare’s works in which the protagonist portrays a major flaw that ultimately ends with a dramatic conclusion is called a Shakespearean tragedy. The main character has the ability to be a hero however he is unable to prevail his fault. These imperfections the protagonist has are referred to as ‘fatal flaws’. In Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” Hamlet’s fatal flaw is his inability to follow through with his actions; he could not

  • King Lear And The Fatal Flaw

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    ‘How central is the idea of a ‘fatal flaw’ in King Lear?’ More than any of Shakespeare’s plays, King Lear explores the concept of a fatal flaw and the terrible downfall it could lead to. It is indeed the most central idea in the play. Shakespeare shows us how one flaw in an otherwise normal person can lead to their ultimate demise. From the very inception we witness what Lear’s fatal flaw is - his pride. We first see it surface when he decides to divide his Kingdom into three for his three daughters

  • Sophocles' Antigone - Creon's Fatal Flaw

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    Antigone - Creon's Fatal Flaw A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy, Sophocles' insightful plays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies.  Through the use of common literary techniques, Sophocles was able to express themes and ideas that reflect all of humankind.  On particular idea was that Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and will eventually lead to one's demise. Creon, the proud king of Thebes has such a fatal flaw.  His hubris alienates

  • Free Essays - Fatal Flaws in Hamlet

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    Fatal Flaws in Hamlet In the ending to Shakespeare's Hamlet, each of the main characters fatal flaws leads them inevitably to their destruction.  The process of the play could not lead one anywhere else but to their ultimate fate.  Claudius is basically an opportunist whose blind ambition erases his moral sense.    Gertrude, through the eyes of Hamlet, is to eager to remarry her husbands brother.  Hamlet himself, driven both by his need for vengeance and his inability to act was perhaps

  • The Odyssey: Fatal Flaws Leads to Downfall?

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    Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus leaves Troy for his journey to Ithaca, his homeland; ends up on the island of The Cyclops where his journey begins. Once reaches Hades, Tiresias the blind prophet tells Odysseus his prophecy of returning back home. Odysseus fatal flaws such as being boastful, not processing his mind through, and being tempted leads to his downfall causing him to take longer returning to Ithaca, Odysseus’s homeland. First, Odysseus shows too much pride in him leading him to take long to reach his

  • Insane Situations

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    nature. Sometimes, being thrown into these scenarios, reveals a character's flaws. Two characters, Maria and Jack, become mentally unstable because of the positions that they find themselves in. Life-changing situations cause them both to lose their sanity. In the story, “I Only Came to Use the Phone,” Maria is left alone in a sanatorium and reveals her weak and fragile mental state. This uncovers Maria's fatal flaw that will lead to her downfall. She becomes “crazy” because she never had much

  • Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone's Fatal Flaw

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    It is clear that Creon's tragic flaw was his pride, arrogance and beliefs of a leader that cause his downfall. His downfall began when he denied the burial of Polyneices and was firm when he condemned Antigone for her objection to his law. Creon represents the laws of the land and the divine ruler of society. He remains loyal in upholding his laws and trying to overpower the laws of the gods, until the end when he realizes that the divine laws are stronger than his own. His regards for the laws of