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It is the circumstances beyond a mans control brought into a critical relationship with his weakness be it a vice or a virtue which precipitates the tragedy Show how the circumstances in which the hero finds himself develop beyond his control Go on to identify the heros weakness and show how when these circumstances and that weakness are brought together a tragic outcome becomes inevitable In Hamlet written by Shakespeare the protagonist finds himself in circumstances which begin to get out of his control The audience watch how he deals with these circumstances and see a new weakness in the character emerge which in conjunction with the changing circumstances leads to the plays tragic end In the beginning of the play it becomes evident to the audience that Hamlet is an intellectual believing in planning and thinking out his actions carefully He in a situation in which his mother has married the brother of his late father something which he is in deep disapproval of He acts coldly towards Claudius refusing to speak to him where possible However once he is left on his own the audience see him burst into a heartfelt soliloquy about how he wishes that this too too sullied flesh would melt The declaration of a death wish as the opening of the speech shows a desperation in the title character He is in despair and seems to lack sense at times during the monologue However as soon as other characters enter Hamlet quickly covers his anguishing soul in a faade acting in total contrast from the way he was before He seems cool and professional immediately This shows the control he has at present over the way others see him Circumstances change when Hamlet is told that Claudius was responsible for the murder of his father With this new information Hamlet suddenly has a reason to live and is reinvigorated Now his sole purpose for living is to avenge
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