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According to Aristotle a tragic hero must have tragic flaws in their character or judgment that leads him to his doom In Shakespeares play Hamlet there are many tragic flaws identified within the main character Hamlet Some of the most obvious and important are Hamlets indecisiveness his excessive concern with death and his exaggerated moral sensibility which ties in with his abhorrence of sex Hamlets indecisiveness is portrayed throughout the tragedy in many ways The most prominent being his delay in avenging his fathers death When the ghost first appears to Hamlet and tells him to avenge his death by killing his murderer Claudius Hamlet says Haste me to knowt that I with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love May sweep to my revenge pg59 lines 29-31 Hamlet is ready to murder Claudius and avenge the death of Hamlet Sr However at the end of the scene Hamlet delays his decision to kill Claudius by saying The time is out of joint O cursed spite That ever I was born to set it right pg 64 lines 188-89 The players actors come to Elsinore and it has been a while since Hamlet promised the ghost that he would take revenge He sees how the first player weeps as he relays the story of Queen Hecuba and he is angry that he hasnt taken action for the death of his father He calls himself a coward and tried to work himself into a rage by calling Claudius a Bloody bawdy villain but he realizes that he is still only talking and not taking any action Why what an ass am I That is most brave That I the son of a dear father murdered Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell Must like a whore unpack my heart with words And fall a-cursing like a very drab A stallion Hamlet
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