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Hamlet Analyzed in Terms of Aristotles Poetics Aristotles Poetics is considered the guide to a well written tragedy his methods have been used for centuries In Aristotles opinion plot is the most important aspect of the tragedy all other parts such as character diction and thought stem from the plot Aristotle defines a tragedy as 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 emotionsp 22 Shakespeares Hamlet follows this definition for the most part and even though it is not always in agreement with Aristotles guidelines it is still a great and effective tragedy Aristotle states that tragedy is an imitation of an action that is serious complete and of a certain magnitudep 22 Hamlet is an excellent example of this The play centers around Hamlets quest to avenge his fathers death this is a serious action It is also complete in the sense that all the loose ends are tied together in a sensible believable manner Hamlet is able to avenge his fathers death by killing his uncle Shakespeare also follows Aristotles idea of the tragedy being of a certain magnitude The characters are supposed to be the most perfect people whom the audience can still relate to Hamlet is a wealthy prince however he deals with the same problems as the common man He is confused paranoid and angered about the circumstances surrounding his fathers death He is also unsure of himself and how he should handle the situation
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