The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essays

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It can be argued that dominant ‘fatal flaw reading’ of the play The Tragedy of Hamlet; Prince of Denmark that Hamlet was simply a man of inaction, which is incorrect in that Hamlet did not act because of his religious stance on the topic of murder at the time the play was written, and this had a great deal of consequences. The Tragedy of Hamlet; Prince of Denmark, is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare, published in 1603. The religious teachings of the time were against murder, which had a very influential impact on the decisions made by the Hamlet in his conflicted state. When Hamlet himself is viewed as a tragic hero having a fatal flaw, and the dominant reading of the play is valid, however, the religious beliefs at the time of creation need to be considered along with messages about the themes of death and deception, and why these previously mentioned themes are still able to move a reader in the modern ages.
Tragedy by definition is ‘an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.’ (Dictionary, 2015). However, tragic figures/heroes are noble figures whom are better than average, however, they suffer a reversal of fortune. Following this reversal of fortune, they recognize the consequences of their previous actions. A tragic hero will ultimately experience a terrible situation (extreme suffering), however they will also be enlightened by the beauty seen in the situation as well. Hamlet is a…

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