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Study Notes On "Hamlet The Hero" For Valsinat

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Hamlet as heroThe dramatic value of Hamlet's verbal expressions is thatthey give great depth into his mind. They show his wit andverbal acrobatics, with double-entendres such as "No closerkin than kind." It shows him as a man who can express somuch in words but cannot commit any actions. This makes ittough on the audience as such an eloquent tongue and cast vaultof knowledge suffers.Hamlet as hero comes about because he goes through a greattransformation involving great bravery. He ponders, manyquestions in life such as suicide and the existence of manto the point of true and unabashed confrontation, without fearbordering on madness. This is truly a great feat in intellectualism.Furthermore, he walks calmly to his death in the end. By Act Vhe knows that he is going to die yet he goes to carry out hisdestiny. He lived with an disinterested love of life beyondhis own life. This generosity and readiness to lose lifeis a true affirmation of heroism. It is heroic to step upand say yes to life and all of its great questions, whilefacing great pain and solitude and even unhappiness. By theend of his heroic journey he is unafraid to live life.Posted by Jason T. Yang on March 24, 1997 at 18:02:12In Reply to "Dramatic Value of Hamlet's Verbal Expression" posted by Lynn Nicholas on March 23, 1997 at 14:19:06http://www.shakespeare.com/qandr/others/3.15.97/messages/194.htmlHamlet As Hero We often wonder why Shakespeare's character Ha...Hamlet As HeroWe often wonder why Shakespeare's character Hamlet, in the play Hamlet, waited so long after bring told by the ghost, about the evil deed, before carrying out his plan. Everyone contains a tinge of Hamlet in his or her feelings, wants, and worries. Hamlet is not like other tragic heroes of his period. He stands apart from other Shakespeare's heroes in his much discussed innocence. Is this supposed tragic hero maybe an ideal hero, one without the tragic flaw, which has been a part of the formula for the tragedy since the Golden Age of Greece? This is a question that has been the field for many literary critics' battles. The main, and, most often, the only flaw that has been attributed to Hamlet was his delay. This seems to constitute the central part in Hamlet. Critics seem to cling to this detail, as if trying to save the status of Hamlet as a typicalElizabethan tragedy of revenge. According to Aristotle, " the definition of tragedy, there should exist a flaw in the character of the main hero, who is a great personality that is engaged in a struggle that ends catastrophically".(Aristotle, 459) If Hamlet had no flaw, what kind of tragic hero is he? No doubt, Hamlet is a tragical drama, for it has many characters that end up losing their lives. But the play would not lose it's tragic tone if Hamlet was an ideal hero instead of a tragic one. Which is exactly the case. If just all critics realized this, maybe today we would not have that much trouble trying to decipher Hamlet's character, just likeElizabethan...

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