The Flaw of Hamlet
Many Shakespearean scholars, including A.C. Bradley, believe that the character Hamlet is an over analytical person, always "unmaking his world and rebuilding it in thought" (A.C. Bradley). It is argued by many that Hamlet's tragic flaw is his inability to accept things the way they are presented, thus criticizing everything in the world around him. Hamlet delves deep into what he believes is the reality of each of his given situations and searches for answers which he never finds.
According to Salvador de Madariaga, "the true tragedy of Hamlet [is] not his incapacity to avenge his father; not his frustrated ambition; but his incapacity to be Hamlet. He can think Hamlet; he cannot be Hamlet" (95). Through this statement, Madariaga is explaining that Hamlet's beliefs, his idea of reality, and his own perception of his existence does not go beyond his thoughts. At the end of Act II, during one of Hamlet's soliloquies, Hamlet "realises how foolish he has been; then calls his brain to act; and finds calm in action by deciding to test the King with the play" (95):
Ay, so God buy to you. Now I am alone,
O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
Is it not monstrous that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul to his own conceit
(II.ii 42 505-509)
Once this is stated, it becomes more evident that Hamlet has the tendency to rely on his own beliefs and thoughts to answer his questions, instead of acting upon his curiosities.
Madariaga also quotes Bradley and states that "in Hamlet's procrastination [he sees] the tragedy of reflection" (97). Hamlets' view of the world around him is different from the views of everyone else's in that he takes what he sees, analyzes each situation, and ends up with a conclusion that is different from the actual truths. For example, in one of Shakespeare's most famous soliloquies, Hamlet states,
To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in...