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What makes Hamlet a tragic figure? To what extent is he responsible for the tragic events of the play? In answering this question examine what reasons are suggested for Hamlet's delay in exacting revenge for his father's death? Do you find these reasons p

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2. What makes Hamlet a tragic figure? To what extent is he responsible for the tragic events of the play? In answering this question examine what reasons are suggested for Hamlet's delay in exacting revenge for his father's death? Do you find these reasons plausible? Why or why not? Hamlet and his story is the perfect example of what comprises a "tragedy." There are many factors that must be considered when attempting the art of tragedy. First, the tragic hero must be of great status. Also, the hero must possess a certain characteristic, "tragic flaw," that eventually leads to his or her downfall. The suffering and calamity of the hero's story must be exceptional. And lastly, the tragic story leads up to, and includes, the death of the hero. Shakespear's ingenuity develops Hamlet's character and his story to perfectly fit these requirements for a tragedy. An important component of a tragedy is that the tragic hero must be "great", such as in status within his or her social environment. This is because it is believed that the audience cannot feel the same pity for a person of lowly rank that loses his or her fortune or rank than for a person of high rank to. ...read more.

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Laertes, in his final moments prior to death, explain the whole situation to Hamlet, and his apologies are expressed. Angered by all this, Hamlet rams the same fatal sword into Claudius. In the end of just this scene, four dead bodies are produced. Lastly, the whole progression of the plot of a tragedy must lead up to , and include, the death of the hero. Hamlet dies by the hands of Laertes, at the end of the work. It is during their final duel that Laertes stabs Hamlet with his sword that had been dipped in poisonous liquid which in turn leads to Hamlet's death. Although Hamlet is not the only one to blame for all the tragic events of the work, he indeed is an intricate part of the whole scheme of things. As mentioned earlier, it is Hamlet's obsession that led to the death of many. Many can argue however, that without the actions of Claudius that killed Hamlet's father, Hamlet's story would not be considered a tragedy. Many reasons contribute to the Hamlet's delay in exacting revenge for his father's death. ...read more.

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It seems that he is now weary of everything and has second thoughts about every decision. He speaks about death in an extremely detailed manner. Saying that death is somewhat like sleep except that when you sleep you still dream, but in death there is no dreaming. Also, when you fall asleep you expect to wake up the next day, but from death you never wake up. 5. "One advantage to this scene taking place in summer, I can follow this up with a clean exit, there's no fumbling around getting your coat and galoshes, I just saunter into the electric eye in my white shirt that my mother ironed the night before, and the door heaves itself open, and outside the sunshine is skating around on the asphalt. I look around for my girls, but they're gone, of course." -This passage is from Shakespeare's "Shall I compare the to a summer's day". The entire poem is basically comparing a woman to a summer's day. However, these lines seem to express the beauty that summer brings out in a woman. He believes that in the summer do to the warm weather women are wearing less clothing, therefore, bearing more of their beauty because there are no coats or sweaters covering them. ...read more.

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