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Hamlets Tragic Flaw Aristotle once defined a tragic hero as a character with a flaw in personality or judgment that will lead that character to actions that will end in disaster Hamlet definitely has some fatal flaws that make him fit the mold of a tragic hero The one flaw that will most certainly overcome Hamlet and bring him to death is his willingness to over-think He often analyzes situations too carefully which causes him to procrastinate this delay in judgment inevitably allows Claudius to escape revenge and plot Hamlets defeat The death of King Hamlet came as a shock to Hamlet and the people of Elsinore Asleep in his garden a snake unleashed its rage and envenomed the good King As Hamlet would later learn The serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown Act I Scene V which meant that Claudius was in fact the one to blame for the death of his father This rage Hamlet felt caused him to swear revenge something he would be bound to until its completion He swore to his father that he would gain vengeance for his murder Haste me to knowt that I with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love may sweep to my revenge Act I Scene V The stage was set for Hamlet to kill Claudius as Claudius did King Hamlet but young Hamlet once again intellectualized the situation and lost sight of his goal allowing Claudius to slip farther away The revenge Hamlet swore he would get was just a plan for the future until his chance arose He was meeting his mother in her chambers as he passed Claudius room where the King was praying As he knelt praying Hamlet walked up behind him undetected with the perfect chance to avenge his fathers death He once again let his mind run while through a garden on possibilities and slowly decided against the
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