The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

1173 Words Jul 21st, 2016 5 Pages
William Shakespeare’s tragedy plays fascinate readers by highlighting characters’ flaws that lead them to their downfall even today. In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare demonstration of the characters’ flaws makes individuals victims of their own.
According to Aristotle, “Men were full of self-control and were, therefore, responsible for their own actions. It was the tragic heroes’ own actions, then, that brought about the chaos and tragic events” (“Aristotle’s Poetics”). In Shakespeare tragic play Hamlet, the characters’ flaws of Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius makes them victims of their flaw. Hamlet lacks the ability to take action towards his goal, whereas Ophelia has neither free will nor voice and follows men like Polonius, while Claudius quenches his thirst for power.
Shakespeare displays Hamlet as the protagonist. He describes Hamlet having a conflict with himself that prevents him to accomplish his goal to avenge his father’s death. In his soliloquy, he is talking about the conflicts between himself and says:
“To be, not to be? That is question-/Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer/The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,/Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, /And, by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep - /No more – and by a sleep to say we end /The heartache and the thousand natural shocks/That flesh is heir to – ‘tis a consumption/Devoutly to be wished! To die, to sleep”(3,1, 57-65).
This quote reflects the internal conflict of Hamlet. His…

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