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Hamlet Essay

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Hamlet Each major character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet has a major flaw, which destroys him or her. The King, Queen, Hamlet, Ophelia, and Polonius all have these flaws but Horatio does not. He is Shakespeare’s ideal man.

Claudius’ fatal flaw is ambitiousness. Claudius kills his brother King Hamlet and then takes the throne by marrying King Hamlet’s wife: “Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen…have we (as ‘twere with a defeated joy, with an auspicious and a dropping eye, with mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage, in equal scale weighing delight and dole) taken to wife”(I.ii.10-14).
Claudius admits to killing the King in a confessional prayer:
“O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven; it hath the primal
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And yet , within a month (let me not think on ‘t; frailty, thy name is woman!)…(O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer!), married with my uncle…” (I.ii.142, 147-150, 155-156). Gertrude trusts King Claudius and because of her trust her fate becomes death:
King: Gertrude, do not drink.
Queen: I will, my lord; I pray you pardon me. [She drinks]
King: [aside] It is the poisoned cup. It is too late…
Queen: No, no, the drink, the drink! O, my dear
Hamlet! The drink, the drink! I am poisoned.

Hamlet’s passivity is his flaw. The deceased King Hamlet’s ghost tells Hamlet to get revenge: “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (I.v.31) and by telling him this he misses the opportunity to kill King Claudius: “Now might I do it *pat*, now he is a-praying, and now I’ll do ‘t. And so he goes to heaven, and so am I *revenged*…A villain kills my father, and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven. Why, this is [something Claudius should pay me for], not revenge. He took my father grossly, full of bread, with all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May; and how his audit stands who knows save heaven. But in our circumstance and course of thought ‘tis heavy with him. And am I then revenged to take him in the purging
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