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The Flaws Of Hamlet Essay

705 words - 3 pages

The Flaws of Hamlet  

 

Many human beings experience intense emotions that dramatically affect the outcome of their lives. Although sometimes melancholic and rash when necessary, Hamlet's hubris is his indecisiveness. Throughout this play, Hamlet's melancholy fuels his indecision, from his first interview with Gertrude and his new father. Hamlet's rash attitude is portrayed when he talks with the Ghost on the parapet, and later in the play, when Hamlet kills Polonius. The indecisiveness of Hamlet's actions can be illustrated throughout the play when he debates whether or not to kill Claudius. While these qualities aren't familiar with a typical "Hero", Hamlet moves away from this stereotype of having no flaws and demonstrates his own manner of heroism.

 

Hamlet's melancholy affects his life from the moment he speaks with Gertrude and his new father. Hamlet is melancholic when he hears about his mother's marriage with his uncle. He even thinks about suicide, but it is against church law. He says,

"O that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon against self-slaughter"

(I; ii; 129-132)

Hamlet describes his mourning attire to be "my inky cloak, good mother, nor customary suits of solemn black" (I; ii; 77-78). These two incidences relate to Hamlet's melancholic attitude: the insults he makes to his mother about her lack of mourning and his admission that he wants to kill himself, both show his severe depression.

Hamlet's rash attitude is an emotion that affects the outcome of his life. Hamlet's rash attitude is displayed when he talks with the Ghost on the parapet, and later on when Hamlet kills Polonius. The Ghost beckons Hamlet to follow him, even though Horatio and Marcellus fear that the Ghost will harm Hamlet, but he scoffs at their fears. He makes a rash decision to follow the Ghost on the parapet, saying,

"My fate cries out and makes each petty artere in this body as hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve. Still am I called. Unhand me, gentlemen. By...

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