The Tragedy Of Hamlet Paper

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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
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