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A Tragic Flaw Leads to a Tragic Downfall William Shakespeares Hamlet concerns the murder of the king of Denmark and the murdered kings sons quest for revenge Its main character Hamlet possesses a fatal flaw that obstructs his desire for revenge and ultimately brings about his death This tragic flaw makes him a tragic hero a character who is destroyed because of a major weakness If Hamlet did not possess this flaw his death at the end could have possibly been avoided Hamlets fatal flaw mainly consists of the fact that he is uncertain on how or when to act Throughout the play there are a plethora of examples of Hamlets flaw Four of these specific instances are when Hamlet sees a play and notices the passion an actor has after Hamlets third soliloquy in Hamlets fourth soliloquy and in Hamlets indecisive pursuit in seeking revenge for his fathers death First Hamlets flaw is shown when he sees a play and the zest one particular actor has A group of actors have arrived and Hamlet arranges a personal viewing of The Murder of Gonzago with a small portion of his own lines inserted Hamlet then observes one scene of the play in which one of the actors puts on a great display of emotion Hamlet besieged by guilt and self-contempt remarks in his second soliloquy of the emotion this actor shows despite the fact that the actor had nothing to be emotional about Hamlet observed that he himself had all the reason in the world to react with great emotion yet he failed to show any that could compare with the act of the actor Hamlet calls himself a rogue and peasant slave and a dull and muddy-mettled rascal who chooses not to take any form of action Hamlet continues his fiery speech by degrading himself and decides to take some sort of action to revenge his fathers death Secondly
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