The Tragedy Of Hamlet. Essay

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Arguably the best piece of writing ever done byWilliam Shakespeare, "Hamlet" the is the classic example of atragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usuallydies at the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Julietcommit suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like themHamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. Butthat is not all that is needed to consider a play a tragedy,and sometimes a hero doesn't even need to die.Not every play in which a Hero dies is considered atragedy. There are more elements needed to label a playone. Probably the most important element is an amount offree will. In every tragedy, the characters must displayssome. If every action is controlled by a hero's destiny,then the hero's death can't be avoided, and in a tragedy thesad part is that it could. Hamlet's death could have beenavoided many times. Hamlet had many opportunities to killClaudius, but did not take advantage of them. He also hadthe option of making his claim public, but instead he chosenot too. A tragic hero doesn't need to be good. Forexample, MacBeth was evil, yet he was a tragic hero, becausehe had free will. He also had only one flaw, and that waspride. He had many good traits such as bravery, but hisone bad trait made him evil. Also a tragic hero doesn'thave to die. While in all Shakespearean tragedies, the herodies, in others he may live but suffer "Moral Destruction".In "Oedipus Rex", the proud yet morally blind king plucksout his eyes, and has to spend his remaining days as awandering, sightless beggar, guided at every painfulstep by his daughter, Antigone. A misconception abouttragedies is that nothing good comes out of them, but it isactually the opposite. In Romeo and Juliet, although bothdie, they end the feud between the Capulets and theMontegues. Also, Romeo and Juliet can be together inheaven. In "Hamlet", although Hamlet dies, it is almost forthe best. How could he have any pleasure during the rest ofhis life, with his parents and Ophelia dead. Also, althoughHamlet dies, he is able to kill Claudius and get rid of theevil ruling the throne.Every tragic play must have a tragic hero. Thetragic hero must possess many good traits, as well as oneflaw, which eventually leads to his downfall. A tragic heromust be brave and noble. In Othello, Othello had one fatalflaw, he was too great. Othello was too brave, too noble,and especially too proud to allow himself to be led back toVenice in chains. A tragic hero must not back down from hisposition. He also has to...

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