Hamlet; Tragic Hero

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Argumentative/Persuasive Essay

Hamlet; The Tragic Hero

In many plays there is always one person that is the tragic hero. They always possess some type of tragic flaw that in turn leads to their tragic deaths. In the Shakespearean play Hamlet the main character Hamlet is considered to be a tragic hero. By carefully analyzing the Shakespearean play Hamlet one can debate whether the main character Hamlet is a tragic hero. Although it is debatable whether or not Hamlet is a tragic
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Hamlet then enters the scene and notices Claudius praying, Hamlet knows that this is his chance to kill him because he says “Now might I do it pat, now a is a-praying, and now I’ll do’t.” (III.iii.73-74). Just when Hamlet has the perfect opportunity to avenge his father’s death he backs down again:
Hamlet. Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge. A took my father grossly, full of bread, With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May, And how his audits stands who knows save heaven? But in our circumstance and of course of thought ‘Tis heavy with him. And am I then revenged To take him in the purging of his soul. When he is fit and seasoned for his passage? No.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet; (III.iii.73-74).

Hamlet feels that if he is to kill Claudius at a time when he is praying then he will go to heaven, and Hamlet does not want that so he decides not to kill him. Hamlet wants Claudius to suffer for what he has done to his father. But may be Hamlet chose the wrong decision because when he finally decides to kill Claudius he too suffers as well. In Act 5, scene 2 Laertes, the son of Polonius challenges Hamlet to a dual. Hamlet agrees to the dual because he does not want to be

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