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Hamlet As A Tragic Hero Essay

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Hamlet was published by the most well-known writer in English literature, William Shakespeare. Hamlet is a work about a prince who discovers that his father has been killed by his uncle named Claudius. His uncle then marries his mother, the Queen so he can claim the throne. Hamlet discovers these things when his father comes to him in the form of a ghost. Hamlet then decides to get revenge. While on his journey for revenge, he makes many irrational decisions that led to the death of numerous people, some innocent, some guilty. Despite all of the wrong decisions he made with terrible consequences that went along with it, Hamlet finally received the revenge he wanted and this is why he is ...view middle of the document...

Revenge has consumed Hamlets mind with anger and his judgment and thinking is unclear. Hamlet startles the queen during one of their conversations and the queen says, “What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me? Help, help, ho!”(3.4.22-3). This whole time, Polonius is listening behind a curtain and Hamlet discovers the body. Hamlet says, “How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!”(3.4.25). Hamlet stabs Polonius because he assumes that he is Claudius. This moment where he made the terrible decision to stab Polonius, he killed someone innocent. Ophelia discovers that Hamlet killed her father and she became so depressed that she took her own life. Hamlet then lost his fiancé, another innocent person. Hamlet’s fall is a result of free choice. Had he not irrational decisions, Ophelia and her father would not be dead.
When the play comes to a close Hamlet dies terrible death. Claudius orders, “ For that which thou hast done-must send these hence.”(4.3.42-3). Claudius has it set to where Hamlet will be killed when he arrives in England because he must pay for the crimes he has taken part in. Laertes says, “But my revenge will...

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