The Tragedy Of Hamlet


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Arguably the best piece of writing ever done by William
Shakespeare, Hamlet the is the classic example of a
tragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usually dies at
the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet commit
suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like them Hamlet dies
by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But that is not all
that is needed to consider a play a tragedy, and sometimes
a hero doesn\'t even need to die. Making Not every play in
which a Hero dies is considered a tragedy. There are more
elements needed to label a play one. Probably the most
important element is an amount of free will. In every
tragedy, the characters must displays some. If every action
is controlled by a hero\'s destiny, then the hero\'s death can\'t
be avoided, and in a tragedy the sad part is that it could.
Hamlet\'s death could have been avoided many times.
Hamlet had many opportunities to kill Claudius, but did not
take advantage of them. He also had the option of making
his claim public, but instead he chose not too. A tragic hero
doesn\'t need to be good. For example, MacBeth was evil,
yet he was a tragic hero, because he had free will. He also
had only one flaw, and that was pride. He had many good
traits such as bravery, but his one bad trait made him evil.
Also a tragic hero doesn\'t have to die. While in all
Shakespearean tragedies, the hero dies, in others he may
live but suffer "Moral Destruction". In Oedipus Rex, the
proud yet morally blind king plucks out his eyes, and has to
spend his remaining days as a wandering, sightless beggar,
guided at every painful step by his daughter, Antigone. A
misconception about tragedies is that nothing good comes
out of them, but it is actually the opposite. In Romeo and
Juliet, although both die, they end the feud between the
Capulets and the Montegues. Also, Romeo and Juliet can
be together in heaven. In Hamlet, although Hamlet dies, it is
almost for the best. How could he have any pleasure during
the rest of his life, with his parents and Ophelia dead. Also,
although Hamlet dies, he is able to kill Claudius and get rid
of the evil ruling the throne. Every tragic play must have a
tragic hero. The tragic hero must possess many good traits,
as well as one flaw, which eventually leads to his downfall.
A tragic hero must be brave and noble. In Othello, Othello
had one fatal flaw, he was too great. Othello was too
brave, too noble, and especially too proud to allow himself
to be led back to Venice in chains. A tragic hero must not
back down from his position. He also has to have free will,
in order to stand up for what he believes in. Finally, the
audience must have some sympathy for the tragic hero. In
MacBeth, although MacBeth commits many murders, one
almost feels sorry for him and his fate. Hamlet is the perfect
example of the tragic hero. Hamlet has all the good traits
needed to be a tragic hero. He is brave and daring. One
example of this is that when he went to England, he was
taking a big risk. If his plan didn\'t work, he would have
been executed He also is also loyal. His loyalty to his
father, was the reason he was so angry at Claudius and his
Mother. Another trait was that he was intelligent. He was
able to think up the idea of faking insanity, in order to get
more information about Claudius. But Hamlet like all other
tragic hero\'s had a flaw. He couldn\'t get around to doing
anything, because he couldn\'t move on. He was a full
grown adult, yet he still attended school in England,
because he couldn\'t move on. Also, it took him a long time
to stop grieving about his father, because he didn\'t want to
move past that part of his life. And after he finally did,
Hamlet couldn\'t get around to killing Claudius. He kept
pretending he was insane even after he was sure that
Claudius killed his father. The final example of Hamlet\'s
inability to get around to do anything was that he was
dating Ophelia for a long time, but never got around to
marrying her. The audience was able to feel sympathy for
Hamlet too. He had just lost his father, and his mother
remarried so quickly that according to him they could have
used the leftover food from the funeral in the wedding
reception. Also, the audience could feel that Hamlet