The Tragedy Of Hamlet

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The Tragedy of Hamlet

Arguably the best piece of writing ever done by
William Shakespeare, Hamlet the is the classic example of a
tragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usually
dies at the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet
commit suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like them
Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But
that is not all that is needed to consider a play a tragedy,
and sometimes a hero doesn't even need to die. Making

Not every play in which a Hero dies is considered a
tragedy. There are more elements needed to label a play
one. Probably the most important element is an amount of
free will. In every tragedy, the characters must displays
some. If every action is controlled by a hero's destiny,
then the hero's death can't be avoided, and in a tragedy the
sad part is that it could. Hamlet's death could have been
avoided many times. Hamlet had many opportunities to kill
Claudius, but did not take advantage of them. He also had
the option of making his claim public, but instead he chose
not too. A tragic hero doesn't need to be good. For
example, MacBeth was evil, yet he was a tragic hero, because
he had free will. He also had only one flaw, and that was
pride. He had many good traits such as bravery, but his
one bad trait made him evil. Also a tragic hero doesn't
have to die. While in all Shakespearean tragedies, the hero
dies, in others he may live but suffer "Moral Destruction".
In Oedipus Rex, the proud yet morally blind king plucks
out his eyes, and has to spend his remaining days as a
wandering, sightless beggar, guided at every painful
step by his daughter, Antigone. A misconception about
tragedies is that nothing good comes out of them, but it is
actually the opposite. In Romeo and Juliet, although both
die, they end the feud between the Capulets and the
Montegues. Also, Romeo and Juliet can be together in
heaven. In Hamlet, although Hamlet dies, it is almost for
the best. How could he have any pleasure during the rest of
his life, with his parents and Ophelia dead. Also, although
Hamlet dies, he is able to kill Claudius and get rid of the
evil ruling the throne.

Every tragic play must have a tragic hero. The
tragic hero must possess many good traits, as well as one
flaw, which eventually leads to his downfall. A tragic hero
must be brave and noble. In Othello, Othello had one fatal
flaw, he was too great.

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