Tragic Flaws In Hamlet

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To Act or Not To Act: Tragic Flaws in “Hamlet” “Conscience doth make cowards of us all,” (Shakespeare 3.1.83). This quote from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a starting point to show a main characters tragic flaws. For Hamlet, the main character in the play, he often procrastinates in completing tasks. Moreover, even once he completes an action he tends to overthink his decision. By allowing Hamlet to have destructive flaws, one being procrastination and the second being indecisiveness it shows that these flaws bring Hamlet to his downfall. First of all, Hamlets fault of procrastination ends up leading to his downfall and inevitably kills him.
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The first time Hamlet is aware of a hard decision that he has to make is when he says “The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, / That ever I was born to set it right.” (1.5. 196-197) Hamlet is contemplating why things are peculiar and does not understand why he has to fix them. With Hamlet thinking this way it shows that he is apprehensive and leads to Hamlet’s madness and downfall. Another time Hamlet conflicts with himself is when he sees Claudius praying and says “That would be scann’d:/ Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge” (3.3.75/79) With Hamlet saying this he is indecisive in killing Claudius and ends up regretting his decision not to murder Claudius because it leads to Hamlets destruction and death. As pointed, Hamlets inability to decide actions ends up leading to his madness and downfall.

Clearly, Hamlet’s tragic flaws of procrastination and indecisiveness leads to his disastrous downfall. Hamlet tends to procrastinate when it comes to finishing burdens, and even once finishing he is often tentative. One may hope that one flaw may not lead to a harmful downfall. But one would see that it possibly could. One asks: will their flaw affect

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