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How far is Hamlet presented as a tragic figure of revenge?

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How far is Hamlet presented as a tragic figure of revenge? 'Hamlet' is a revenge tragedy. Within the play there are many aspects, which are particularly common within this genre. For example, in all revenge tragedies, there are scenes of madness, in some cases this is genuine, however, as in 'Hamlet', it is often an act. Another criteria of revenge tragedies that have been written into 'Hamlet' is a play within a play. The reason for Hamlet wishing to seek revenge is defined right at the start of the play. Hamlet learns of an act, which requires vengeance from a ghost who visits him. The genre of the play emphasises the character of Hamlet. There are many events within the play that cause us to question whether Hamlet is a 'tragic figure of revenge'. ...read more.

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Instead, he is a pure and honest man, who does not seem to posses the characteristics of a hero. Hamlets hesitation makes his character seem tragically torn between emotions. He wants to do what is right, but fails for a long time, to make his decision. This causes tension in the play, and, the time delay provides the reader with enough time to build an accurate image of Hamlets character, examining him in fine detail to determine his true mental state. Hamlet is most definitely a figure of revenge and to many would seem tragic, in order to establish the extent of this, it is necessary to discuss all the possible causes of his change in nature. Hamlets relationship with his mother may push him towards seeking revenge, however, this revenge would be for a more personal reason rather than that of the ghost. ...read more.

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The tragic nature of Hamlets life in general, suggests that he is 'presented as a tragic figure of revenge'. Hamlet feels it would be easier to take his own life than that of someone else. However, this would be regarded by Hamlet as cowardly and he feels he has to seek revenge. The disgust at how his mother has moved on so soon after the King's death causes Hamlet to question his feelings. He knows that his mother would be devastated to loose another partner yet he feels he has to eliminate Claudius for the sake of himself, the ghost and his mother. Hamlet feels as thought he has something to prove to himself and in order to do this, he feels he has to kill Claudius, no matter how he feels morally about the situation. ...read more.

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