Essay on William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - Revenge

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Revenge in Shakespeare’s Hamlet
William Shakespeare 's, Hamlet, is one of the greatest tragedies ever written. Applying Aristotle 's view of a tragedy, Shakespeare creates an ideal tragic hero through his main character, Hamlet. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero must be of a high stature, possess a tragic flaw, and this flaw must ultimately lead to their own downfall. These characteristics of an Aristotelian tragic hero are all present within the protagonist, Hamlet. Hamlet is a prince, thus having a high position within society. Although Hamlet may be a highly renowned individual, he is very impulsive. This causes him to make rash decisions due to his constant hunger for vengeance, which he regrets later on in the play. However, because of this tragic flaw, the characters of Hamlet continue to face many adversities within the play, which ultimately leads to the downfall of two, and the rise of another. Evidently, Fortinbras, Hamlet, and Laertes are unable to let go of their father 's murderous deaths, and prolong their own wounds due to this thirst for revenge.
As Sir Francis Bacon once said, "A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well." The quotation above proves Sir Francis Bacon’s beliefs that if one is constantly fixated on achieving revenge, it will never heal your own pain and misery. Human misery often creates sadness and leaves one stranded looking for answers. Through Hamlet, revenge and human misery are a…

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