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Arguably the best piece of writing ever done by William Shakespeare Hamlet the is the classic example of a tragedy In all tragedies the hero suffers and usually dies at the end Othello stabs himself Romeo and Juliet commit suicide Brutis falls on his sword and like them Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword But that is not all that is needed to consider a play a tragedy and sometimes a hero doesnt even need to dieNot every play in which a Hero dies is considered a tragedy There are more elements needed to label a play one Probably the most important element is an amount of free will In every tragedy the characters must displays some If every action is controlled by a heros destiny then the heros death cant be avoided and in a tragedy the sad part is that it could Hamlets death could have been avoided many times Hamlet had many opportunities to kill Claudius but did not take advantage of them He also had the option of making his claim public but instead he chose not too A tragic hero doesnt need to be good For example MacBeth was evil yet he was a tragic hero because he had free will He also had only one flaw and that was pride He had many good traits such as bravery but his one bad trait made him evil Also a tragic hero doesnt have to die While in all Shakespearean tragedies the hero dies in others he may live but suffer Moral Destruction In Oedipus Rex the proud yet morally blind king plucks out his eyes and has to spend his remaining days as a wandering sightless beggar guided at every painful step by his daughter Antigone A misconception about tragedies is that nothing good comes out of them but it is actually the opposite In Romeo and Juliet although both die they end the feud between
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