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The Tragic Flaw For a play to be considered tragic it must have a few vital components Most importantly the main character must suffer extreme sorrow or be brought to ruins We use the secondary definition of the word tragedy in our everyday speech especially since the horrific events that have happened in the past few months However we overlook the primary definition of tragedy and how it used in the literal sense What most people fail to realize is that in a tragedy the suffering the main character endures is a consequence of a tragic flaw or moral weakness The main character is not completely innocent as we assume in tragedies he has his own personal weak points that get exploited In Hamlets case his procrastination and over exaggerated madness are several weaknesses that eventually conquer him Hamlets major flaws are continuing problems that he fails to tend to ultimately leading to his own death The first and foremost tragic flaw that comes to mind when reading the play is that of Hamlets procrastination After speaking to the ghost of his father Hamlet vows to act swiftly saying Haste me to know t that I with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love May sweep to my revenge Act 1 Scene 5 lines 35-37 Although in Hamlets mind he will kill the king quickly his actions do not follow his thoughts at all causing the play to continue for another four acts until the death of King Claudius Hamlet forgoes several opportunities to dispose of the king and wastes precious time in committing the deed He has the perfect chance to kill Claudius when he is reconciling but according to Hamlet it would not be wise because Claudius would go to heaven And so am I revenged That would be scanned A villain kills my father and for that I his sole son do this
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