Hamlet A Good Hero Analysis

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Hamlet the Good Hero Back to a long time ago when I was young, my mom would tell me stories about heroes go out and save the day. But behind that glorious scene, most heroes have a background story and it is not a perfect picture sometimes. As human, people tend to make mistakes overtime and flaws are definitely inevitable. After reading Oedipus and Hamlet, they are both heroes with significant tragic story. Hamlet fits more with the definition of a hero than Oedipus for his motivations, traits and actions. Hamlet and Oedipus share some common background, as in they both come from well-off families. Oedipus was born with the blood of gods and also raised by King Polybus and Queen Merope in Corinth. Hamlet was the prince of Denmark,…show more content…
Hamlet finds himself in a pretty traumatic situation. He can no longer have faith in religion since it has not only failed his father, but also caused his life to be such a miserable experience. Neither can he trust the society for it has been filled with violence and hypocrisy . Especially love, which was poisoned by his mother when she betrayed his father. And finally philosophy, where it seemed impossible to explain about the ghost, and how to answer his moral questions and lead to his decision.The hero became a tragic figure less through the sin of pride rather than through his character flaw. Within those first act, after he was fully aware of the ghost of his father walking, Hamlet went to see for himself, and there he was convinced to revenge his father death by his father 's ghost. Hamlet 's father was a symbol of his conscience and the corruption of regicide was laid at Hamlet 's doorstep. Hamlet made a mistake due to him failing to right this wrong, and the tragic flaw that emerged in his character was indecision. When Hamlet planned out trap for King Claudius, he was procrastinating in order to solve his self-doubt. Although the king gave himself away at a performance within a play, Hamlet was still indecisive, and ended up being sent away to England by the king…show more content…
In addition, it is clear to see that Hamlet is different because he did things out of good intentions. He is a great person and being loved by others. He is a hero, a tragic one that fits Aristotle’s definition. Throughout most scholars note, it is Hamlet’s mistake to act quickly that caused the demolition of most character in the story. But having to live at his time, Hamlet thought killing the king wrongfully would cause his eternal life. And that ghost were evil spirits and were sent to disturb the lives of the living. Hamlet is still a hero, even though he often overthinking about a situation and lose his chances. Being driven and guided by his father ghost, he made the best out of the situation that he did not prepared for, and had his goal was accomplished. His path was uneasy. So what he made a few mistake, it just shows that after all, he is still a human
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