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Shakespeare has written many plays which revolve around the Tragic Hero This type of character is one of Shakespeares trade marks and is a complex psychological riddle A Tragic Hero is one who brings about his own downfall through a flaw in his character Many are royalty or of noble blood and seem to be quite happy and quite sane But as the plays plot unfolds we find that the hero has both external and internal conflicts to overcome Usually the hero fails against the conflicts and ends up dying because of them One example of this is Macbeth He was a lord who committed murder because the witches put the idea in his head Lady Macbeth edged him on while he battled his own conscience In the end through his own mistrust and suspicion he was discovered and executed As well Hamlet faced conflicts and concluded the play by dying Hamlet is the standard Tragic Hero Through his misogynist attitude his self-pity and his inability to act upon decisions he brought his own downfall upon himself Hamlet is a misogynist He dislikes women in general but shows a strong hate towards the women close to him When Ophelia was told by her father to stay away from Hamlet she obeyed Then when Polonius told her to confront Hamlet while he and Claudius eavesdropped she obeyed again Ophelia tried to return gifts that Hamlet had given her which had sentimental value Hamlet acted as if he hadnt given her the gifts Hamlet was hurt by her betrayal Ophelia was one of the few people that Hamlet could trust then she turned against him Hamlet knew that Ophelia was being used by Polonius and Claudius and he resented her for it Hamlet said to Ophelia Get thee to a nunnery Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners Act 3 scene 1 Hamlet basically tells Ophelia to remain chaste because women are breeders of evil Every
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