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Hamlet's Demise Essay

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The downfall of any man can be seen prior to his actual demise. In the play by Shakespeare, Hamlet, the protagonist, a young Danish prince, starts on a course that will inevitably destroy him, his family, friends, and love. What begins this is the death of his father, but it is his overall attitude that makes this incident lead to his downfall. Hamlet grieves too much over his father. He procrastinates his revenge. He feels betrayed by everyone. Finally, his overall outlook on life is very dark and he contemplates death more than once. It is these attitudes that make his destined for destruction. Hamlet's first destructive attitude is grief. His father had been dead for two ...view middle of the document...

What lead, not so much to Hamlet's but to everyone else's downfall, was Hamlet's over exaggerated sense of betrayal. Hamlet feels betrayed by those closest to him, but who really did betray him? His mother was only concerned about her son's well-being. Ophelia was only complying with her father's wishes. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were only being faithful to their king. No one, with the possible exception of Claudius, ever stabbed him in the back. He accused his friends of playing him like a "pipe". He demands that Ophelia go to a nunnery and breaks her heart. He confronts his mother with harsh words. It was the feeling of betrayal by his mother that causes him to lash out at the unsuspecting Polonius. It was his rage that caused Ophelia's madness and it was his disrespect of these "traitors" that caused him to guiltlessly send Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their death. His feelings of betrayal made him destroy those innocent people around him. Most clear and most influential in his downfall is his overall out look on life. In the first speech by Hamlet he is already contemplating suicide after his father's death. If "the Everlasting had not fix'd his canon "˜gainst self-slaughter." this would have been a very...

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