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Hamlet The Tragic Hero In Aristotle’s

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The tragic hero in Aristotle’s terms is a character of noble birth that is faced with a tragedy and difficult circumstances, which then lead to the character being faced with knowledge such as the knowledge Hamlet receives from the ghost; which eventually leads to the hero’s tragic fall. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a perfect example of an Aristotle tragedy. 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. Throughout the play Hamlet experiences certain situations which combine with his tragic flaws to lead to his downfall. Hamlet also possesses a tragic ...view middle of the document...

He couldn't get around to doing anything, because he couldn't move on. He was a full grown adult, yet he still attended school in England, because he couldn't move on. Also, it took him a long time to stop grieving about his father, because he didn't want to move past that part of his life. And after he finally did, Hamlet couldn't get around to killing Claudius. He kept pretending he was insane even after he was sure that Claudius killed his father. The final example of Hamlet's inability to get around to do anything was that he was dating Ophelia for a long time, but never got around to marrying her. He had just lost his father, and his mother remarried so quickly that according to him they could have used the leftover food from the funeral in the wedding reception. Early in the play Hamlet is visited by the Ghost of his father. The Ghost explains to Hamlet what happened. “Now, Hamlet, hear.Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard, A serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused know, thou noble youth, The serpent that did sting thy fathers life Now wears his crown" (Norton pg.1322-1323, 1.5: 34-40). Hamlet vows vengeance on Claudius for the murder of his father. Hamlet is faced with a series of horrible events and a surrounding that is completely destructive, he tends to look at things from a rather negative perspective. As the novel just begins, you can easily see that Hamlet is not faced with a good situation; his father is killed, his uncle marries his widowed mother, the love of his life is poisoned against him, and his childhood friends betray him. His surroundings and everyone that he knows, besides from a few individuals, betray him in some way, causing Hamlet to become devastated. This is one of the reasons he becomes obsessed about his revenge, not only at Claudius but also at humanity as a whole.
Sometimes Hamlet does not even understand whether it is better to live and encounter all of these issues, or to die and end it all, “To be, or not...

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