Analysis Of Hamlet 's ' Hamlet '

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Hamlet’s Hamartia Shakespeare 's longest play is Hamlet, which takes place in the Kingdom of Denmark. Hamlet is a tragic tale about the Prince of Denmark and is a drama about revenge. Prince Hamlet is visited by his father’s ghost who demands he kill his uncle, Claudius, after Claudius killed Hamlet’s father. Yet despite being “… the son of a dear father murdered, prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,” Hamlet delays enacting vengeance on Claudius (II,2,584-585). This delay ultimately leads to Ophelia’s madness and the death of several other characters, including Hamlet himself. Hamlet’s hamartia, or fatal flaw, which leads him to delay in enacting revenge, can be characterized by fate, hubris and indecision. This indecisiveness occurs because old Hamlet’s demand puts Hamlet in a difficult situation, where he has to choose between seeking revenge on behalf of his father, and knowing that this revenge will most likely lead him to hell. He knows that he must kill his father’s murderer, but he has moral and religious issues with this since it is wrong to kill someone. This play shows Hamlet being forced into a role that is impossible for him to complete because of his conscience. Hamlet’s first fatal flaw is that of fate; Hamlet makes decisions and critical mistakes which seal his fate. This happens due to his personal character flaws because they influence his self-destructive decisions. For example, when he says, "Oh cursed spite that ever I was born
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