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Is Hamlet a Tragedy In the century after Sophocles the philosopher Aristotle analyzed tragedy His definition Tragedy then is an imitation of an action that is serious complete and of a certain magnitude in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play in the form of action not of narrative through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions Serious and magnanimous Certainly true about Hamlet Artistic Without a doubt And if there were no action in Hamlet I doubt that two films would have been made about the Shakespearean tragedy The first element of Aristotles definition of a tragic hero a character who is neither wholly good nor wholly evil can be applied to Prince Hamlet Hamlets supposed madness does not indicate any signs of an evil person- rather when you think about it madness can be rooted in grief over a loss or negative incidence among other more scientific explanations In this case Hamlets grief can somehow be attributed to the loss of Ophelia and King Hamlet it is human nature to undergo a change in personality when life-altering experiences occur The theoretically evil practices Hamlet carried out such as the murder of Polonius were rash and unplanned incidents which Hamlet did not do for evil purposes Hamlets life on the contrary is centered for the good of his father an ultimate quest to avenge the late kings death One of the main reasons that Hamlet is a tragedy is because Hamlet is a tragic hero misunderstood in his own time and place who had the right intentions but the wrong ways Hamlets tragic flaw is that he spends too much time thinking and not enough time acting experiencing a fall due to a combination of internal and external flaw further adherence to Aristotles definition Hamlet due to his extremely philosophical and questioning attitude dwells too much on whether or
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