Investigation of Hamlet's Tragic Flaw that Led to his Demise Essay
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Investigation of Hamlet's Tragic Flaw that Led to his Demise
William Shakespeare's tragedy plays have fascinated people from the time of the renaissance to present modern times. All his tragedy plays are five acts long, and the climax of the play occurs in the third act. In each and every tragedy play there is a tragic hero who bears a tragic flaw. Every tragic hero usually possesses valor characteristics such as bravery, honesty, intelligence, and so on. In the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet the tragic hero is Hamlet. He is an emotionally scarred young man trying to avenge the murder of his father, the king. The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to Hamlet, telling him that he was murdered by his…show more content…
From the first act the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to Hamlet, telling him that he was murdered by his brother, Claudius. Hamlet ignores this knowledge that he knows, and still wants to prove Claudius' guilt. He decides to devise a trap for Claudius, forcing the king to watch a play whose plot closely resembles the murder of Hamlet's father. If the king is guilty, Hamlet thinks, Claudius will surely show some visible sign of guilt when he sees his sin re-enacted on stage. Then, Hamlet reasons, he will obtain definitive proof of Claudius's guilt. "The play's the thing," he declares, "wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king" (II.ii.581-582). All this thinking and obsessing over proving Claudius' guilt, again stops him from focussing on his purpose. As a matter a fact, a whole act is used to plot this play out, and even then, the play is not executed until the third act.
The third time he procrastinates is during the beginning of the third act. The most famous line in English literature "To be, or not to be: that is the question" (III.i.56) is declared by Hamlet, and this marks the start of another soliloquy. In this soliloquy again he contemplates suicide and death, to rid his pains of living on earth, similar to the first soliloquy. Basically Hamlet is asking "Should I kill myself?" .Again he double thinks this question and is not