Hamlet As A Tragic Hero

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Hamlet as a Tragic Hero The Webster dictionary defines tragedy as, “a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror.” (Webster Dictionary) So a tragic hero is a character who goes through a conflict and suffers catastrophically as a direct result of his choices. You will see throughout this story that the character Hamlet is a clear example of Shakespeare’s tragic hero. Shakespeare wrote the play so Hamlet would be very dynamic, so he shows an array of good and bad characteristics throughout the play. When he is first brought into the story in Act I- Scene 2, you see Hamlet being a nice, sensitive young prince who is grieving the death of his father, who was King. His dad’s death was a surprise to Hamlet and the whole city. He was asleep in his garden and a “snake” poisoned the King. As Hamlet learned later in the story "The serpent that did sting thy father 's life now wears his crown" (Shakespeare Act I Scene V), which meant that Claudius was the one that killed his father. After his father’s death his mother then immediately married his uncle. This made him even more upset. Mixed in with his obvious sorrow about his dad are feelings of anger because what his mother did. Shakespeare wanted to emphasize this emotion it leaves you feeling sympathetic for Hamlet. You can see from the very beginning that he is a very complex person, and this marks

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