Hamlet'sTragic Flaw

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In the play Hamlet, Hamlet has a tragic flaw that lies deep inside of him and reveals itself throughout the play. Hamlet’s tragic flaw is intelligence, intellect, and extreme contemplation of every action he takes, and eventually it overwhelms him so much that he meets his demise and is led to his downfall. In some cases intelligence can be viewed as a positive characteristic but pertaining to Hamlet it causes his inability to act and make decisions to achieve his goals. Hamlet begins to develop feelings of revenge which plays a key role in creating his tragic flaw. We start to see his tragic flaw developing at the beginning of the play shortly after Hamlet hears of his father’s murder. “Haste me to know it, that I, with wings as swift/As mediation or the thoughts of love/May sweep to my revenge (Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 34-36). Yea, from the table of my memory/I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records,/All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,/That youth and observation copied there./And thy commandment all alone shall live/Within the book and volume of my brain,/Unmixed with baser matter. Yes by heaven!”(Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 103-109). Hamlet makes his only priority to avenge his fathers death; he says he will not doing anything besides plan revenge against his father’s murderer. Shortly after, Hamlet begins to criticize how corrupt the throne is. Later on in the play Hamlet discovers that his father was killed by his stepfather. He sees his father’s ghost and the

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