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. Othello
was too brave, too noble, and especially too proud to allow
himself to be led back to Venice in chains. A tragic hero must
not back down from his position. He also has to have free will,
in order to stand up for what he believes in. Finally, the
audience must have some sympathy for the tragic hero. In MacBeth,
although MacBeth commits many murders, one almost feels sorry for
him and his fate. Hamlet is the perfect example of the tragic
hero. Hamlet has all the good traits needed to be a tragic hero.
He is brave and daring. One example of this is that when he went
to England, he was taking a big risk. If his plan didn't work, he
would have been executed He also is also loyal. His loyalty to
his father, was the reason he was so angry at Claudius and his
Mother. Another trait was that he was intelligent. He was able to
think up the idea of faking insanity, in order to get more
information about Claudius. But Hamlet like all other tragic
hero's had a flaw. 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