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Shakespeares main characters are raise beyond the average level of humanity but their greatness is their fatal gift Their greatness is the trait that allows their downfall thus the paradox Paradox is an apparent contradiction or absurdity that is somehow true The tragic hero according to AC Bradley must have a tragic flaw that leads to the main characters downfall which is evident in Shakespeares Hamlet Hamlets gift of intelligence is his tragic flaw that leads to his downfall His capability to think beyond the nature of humanity disrupted the nature of life Hamlet is the prince of Denmark who was given a special trait His ability to think beyond the nature of humanity is what made him great According to AC Bradley The greatest are raised so far that if we fully realize all that is implied in their words and actions we become conscious that in real life we have known scarcely anyone resembling them Hamlet was given intelligence that rise above others as a unique individual with a great mind His great mind at works is very evident and it is illustrated when he alters the letters that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern took to England claiming his death Another brilliant plan of Hamlet occurred when he made a mockery of the whole kingdom by making them think he was insane This blinded them to Hamlets awareness of the cause of his fathers death With the information from his fathers ghost he questioned whether the ghost was telling the truth Once again Hamlet cleverly establishes a plan to verify whether or not the ghost was truthful He manages to convince the player to portray his fathers death to play for the king and queen This clever plan gave him enough proof that Claudius was guilty through his reaction of the play These examples of cleverness were clearly a part of the main characters traits but this trait would later show that it
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