The Importance Of Tragic Hero In Hamlet

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In the novel, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the protagonist is faced with many challenges that ultimately end in tragedy. In addition, a tragedy in Shakespearean plays always involve a man of high estate, a flaw in character, misconceptions, rationalizations, murder, and death of a tragic hero. Order is always restored, but it takes the sacrifice of the hero to make this possible. A tragic hero is someone who leads to their own downfall from the start due to a personal weakness within their character. Although, Hamlet carries out his father’s request to avenge his death the resolution ends up affecting the entire country of Denmark. As a result, Hamlet’s choice not to avenge his father 's death and within that window of opportunity he loses …show more content…
First of all, Hamlet’s loss of control beings within Act 3, scene 3, when the perfect possibility arises to avenge his father 's tragic death by his uncle 's great jealousy. However, Hamlet chooses not to avenge his father 's death and within this great window of opportunity causes Hamlet to lose complete control of that very situation. In addition, that very situation reveals Hamlet’s tragic flaw and that lapse of judgment results in the downfall as a tragic hero. Throughout, the play there are a lot of events that show Hamlet’s lack of judgment, or the tragic flaw within the Character, but vengeance and retribution mean a high virtue towards the character of Hamlet. Therefore, when Claudius tries to remind him that this isn’t the first time the death of a father has happened to a young heir “Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet. To give these mourning duties to your father. But you must know your father lost a father, that father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound in filial obligation for some term to do obsequious sorrow. But to persevere in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness.”(I.ii.24), and that Hamlet should try to move on. In addition, this quote also shows how vengeful and stubborn Hamlet truly is, all part of the elements that reflect on a tragic …show more content…
Everything throughout the play until Act 3 played according Hamlet’s desires. However, at the point he got greedy and wanted Claudius to suffer more he became a tragic flaw within the play. Hamlet has to suffer and experience great emotional pain towards his role as a tragic hero that all resulted from him losing control. Hamlet becomes corrupt by his own tragic desire for vengeance. However, the death of a tragic hero occurs when a hero of a story achieves their final goal, but not in a way they had imagined which usually involves tremendous sacrifice. The plan to kill Hamlet involved poison on the edge of a sword, which would come in contact with him when fencing with Laertes. As a backup plan, there was a goblet saved for him containing poison if he were to leave the fencing match unscathed. When Hamlet entered the hall, he immediately attempted to apologize to Laertes, but Laertes could not accept his apology “I am satisfied in nature, whose motive, in this case, should stir me most to my revenge. But in my terms of honor I stand aloof, and will no reconcilement till, by some elder masters, of known honor, I have a voice and precedent of peace to keep my name ungored. But till that time I do receive your offered love like love and will not wrong it.”(V. ii. 11) The fencing match went on as planned and

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