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The Seeds the lie within the Flaws of Hamlet's Character.

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Curtis Schroeder A.P. Lang Pd. 1 Feld December 3, 2003 Hamlet Essay The Seeds the lie within the Flaws of Hamlet's Character William Shakespeare's classic play Hamlet is full of "seeds" of tragedy, ultimately leading to the "rot" and "disease" in the state of Denmark. The characters encounter many battles with their own personal flaws and morality in just revenge. They also battle falsity in the relationships of the royal family and those close to them, false love, and falseness to themselves continuously throughout the play. This tragedy, however, is based around the weaknesses and flaws of the main character, Hamlet. Despite many other attributes to the overall tragedy in Hamlet, Hamlet's vulnerability and indecision in his character caused the ultimate tragedy in the play, leading to the rot and disease that haunts the state of Denmark. Hamlet exhibits many seeds as to the rot and disease in the state of Denmark. Polonius encounters his pride and Claudius battles his greed and need for power as he marries a family member to become king. ...read more.


He is left alone in a world where he is unable to trust anyone and even begins to doubt the strength of his own character. The apparent disloyalty by those closest to Hamlet produces an apparent weakness and vulnerability in his character and permits him to become disillusioned about himself and others. Hamlet's speeches and soliloquies clearly show the intelligence and complexity of his mind. It was his mind, ultimately though, that held him back and caused his major character flaws. His desire and need to analyze and prove everything certain drew his time of action farther and farther away. Hamlet continuously doubted himself and whether or not the action that he wanted to take was justifiable. The visits that Hamlet receives from the ghost of his dead father makes the reader believe that it is Hamlet's time to go and seek revenge. "A villain kills my father, and for that/ I, his sole son, do this same villain send/ to heaven." ...read more.


(II; ii; 593-596) He calls himself a "John-a-dream" or a dreamer, who is "unpregnant" or unfulfilled by his cause and his inability to act. It is his indecisiveness that causes him the most emotional pain and self-hatred, because he cannot commit to avenging his father's death. Despite character's own personal flaws, morality, falsity in love, and to themselves, Hamlet's internal battle and flaws led to the tragedy in Hamlet. It was his vulnerability that keeps him from being able to trust anyone and allows him to doubt the strength of his own character. It was his indecision to avenge his father's death that led to multiple deaths. Had he killed Claudius when he had the chance, and not over-analyzed the situation, it is arguable that the deaths of Gertrude, Ophelia, Laertes, Polonius, and in due course himself, could have been prevented. The weakness and vulnerability exhibited in his character and the indecision that infiltrates his consciousness and sub-consciousness were the only factors that led to the disease and rot in the state of Denmark. ...read more.

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