Hamlet's Tragic Flaw

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Hamlet is a very strong boy, his father was murdered, by his uncle (Claudius) that soon became his uncle-daddy. Claudius married hamlets mother to be in the king’s spot. When king hamlets ghost came and told hamlet that Claudius killed him, he wanted hamlet to revenge on Claudius and hamlet knew that’s what he must do. Hamlets tragic flaw was definitely his sparing of Claudius, he had so many chances to kill him but he hesitated so much.
In act 3 hamlet showed his hesitation a lot in his “to be or not to be” soliloquy. In his soliloquy hamlet says “thus conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, and enterprises of great pitch and moment with this regard their currents turn awry, and lose the name of action,” (Act 3 scene 1 64-98) basically his reasoning for the hesitation. He knows his actions make him a coward because he had so many chances.
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The fact that the army were attacking them for such a small purpose, that made him some-what hesitant to kill Claudius. He says “how all occasions do inform against [him], and spur [his] dull revenge [he] does not know why [he] live to say ‘this things to do, sith [he] have cause and ill and strength and means to do’t” (Act 4 scene 4 31-32). He didn’t only speak of the army he said “all occasions” basically bringing up any past occurrences as the delay of his revenge on Claudius.
What ultimately brought him to his death is his hesitation in killing king Claudius, if he would have revenged on Claudius earlier then he would still be alive and taking over. He made it obvious that he was plotting on Claudius which made Claudius want to kill hamlet before he killed him, rather than hamlet just doing it. His conscience wouldn’t let him kill Claudius, he kept over thinking it for some odd
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