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Hamlet's Conundrum: To Act Or Not To Act? That Is The Question

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A tragic hero is defined as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. The hero in these tragedies is often presented as a noble however, flawed character whose demise is often impart to their own decisions, often due to their previously mentioned flaws, error in judgment and imprudent actions. Written in the early 1600’s Shakespeare wrote one arguably one of his greatest and highly controversial plays, the tragedy known as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Shakespeare in his play introduces us the pays one of his most popular, enigmatic, and dynamic characters the tragic hero Prince Hamlet. Hamlet is presented to us a sensitive, religious, loyal, moral, intellectual, and young university student who often contemplates difficult philosophical questions that cannot be answered with any degree of certainty. When Hamlet learns that his father, the king of Denmark, had been murdered, he is drawn away from his studies and proceeds to return home in order to ascertain the truth of his father’s death. In his investigation, he encounters his father’s ghost whom tells Hamlet that his uncle Claudius, the present king of Denmark, is responsible for his murder. Now presented with evidence that Claudius murdered his father, Hamlet becomes obsessed with first proving Claudius’s guilt before taking any actions in exacting revenge on him.

However, Hamlet is extremely pensive and reluctant to carry out on intended actions as he constantly overanalyzes each thought due to his intellectual nature, causing him to ignoring his emotions and instincts but rather rely his morality and logic in order to make decisions. However, with the idea of Hamlet being intellectual and logical in nature being one of his greatest strengths. Ultimately, proves to be one of his greatest flaws and weaknesses as a character. With Hamlet’s tragic flaw being his inability to act, he is plagued throughout the play by his immense intelligence and philosophical nature, which causes him to overanalyze each situation, rendering him unable to carry out any action in response. This is evident in the play by the frequent delay of acting out his father’s revenge due to the uncertainty of the evidence pertaining to his uncle’s crime. Hamlet’s inability to act creates a discourse between hamlet and his consciousness, generating an abundance of stress, which causes him to become increasingly frustrated as the play progresses. This frustration leads to him at moments in the play to behave in a rash and impulsive way or acting in an inappropriate manner, contradicting his methodical and reserved disposition. It is the consequences of these “inappropriate” actions that resurfaces at the plays end, to haunt the character, as Hamlet’s inability to act while using his renowned logic and intelligence ultimately leads to his eventual demise at the plays conclusion, due to his inability to act both “effectively” and “appropriately” in critical...

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