The Tragic Flaw Of William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy Of Hamlet

1366 Words Apr 13th, 2016 6 Pages
William Shakespeare is renowned for his extraordinary works in the tragedies he has composed. A Shakespearean tragedy is so well distinguishable from other writings that someone with little knowledge of his work could easily recognize it. Shakespeare’s signature is his use of the tragic hero: A person of nobility with several redeeming qualities that inevitably meets his or her own destruction due to a judgment error or character flaw. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the tragic hero in “The Tragedy of Hamlet” exemplifies his tragic flaw through three main scenes; The play within a play, Claudius in prayer, and his escape from death in England which within each surfaces his inability to act and avenge his father’s murder and ultimately leads to his own downfall.
To begin with, the famous play within a play serves as an important element in which Hamlet’s inability to act dooms his fate. Hamlet demonstrates unsureness in the promise he has made to avenge his father’s death. Murder is a drastic and permanent action that cannot be undone and the good-hearted Hamlet has difficulties bringing himself to commit the act. He avoids his objective by questioning the legitimacy of the Ghost’s story. Hamlet curses himself for his inactivity. “Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave, That I, the son of a dear father murdered, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words And fall a cursing like a very drab, A scullion!" (Act II, Scene II). After…

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