Hamlet Tragic Hero

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Williams Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest English writer. One of his best works ever written is “Hamlet”, which is the most complex, confusing, and frequently performed play. The extreme complexity of the main character – prince Hamlet in this play contributes to its popularity until today. “Hamlet is supposedly the most quoted figure in Western culture after Jesus, maybe the most charismatic too” (Bloom 384). In the most famous revenge tragedy, his biggest weakness that he procrastinates completing his revenge for his father’s death by killing the murderer. However, he is still a virtuous hero who possesses admirable great courage and intelligence. In addition, his melancholy and madness increase the complexity level of his character.…show more content…
However, the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet procrastinates taking revenge for his father by killing Claudius, who is his uncle, killed his father to marry his recently-widowed mother and robs her father’s throne, and in turn becomes the King of Denmark. Furthermore, his procrastination indirectly results in tragic catastrophe, which all of the characters in the play are dead except Horatio only. Hamlet slays Polonius instead of Claudius. As Polonius hides, Hamlet enters the Gertrude 's chamber. When Hamlet hears noise from behind the arras, he runs the sword through a rat, claiming that is the King, but he is killing Polonius. In addition, Ophelia goes mad after being denied and her father’s murder, and then she commits a suicide. Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are dispatched by him to their deaths. Laertes demands revenge for his father and sister. The King and Laertes plans to murder Hamlet with a poisoned sword and drink. However, the Queen unwittingly drinks the poison; as a result, she is fatally injured with the sword. At last, Hamlet also kills Laertes and the…show more content…
To answer this question, “Psychoanalyst, Freud in 1897, analyzed Hamlet 's problem and identified that his problem resembled to that of Oedipus. According to him, Hamlet in his unconscious had an incestuous desire for his mother and had a murderous desire towards his father. Later, the predecessors of Freud explained this issue in various ways. Lacan, however, after analyzing Hamlet 's unconscious, didn 't find any incestuous desire for his mother rather he explored and analyzed Hamlet 's desire in the dialectic of mother 's desire” (Uddin 694). The root reason for Hamlet’s suicidal melancholy to avenge his father must be his restrained desire for his mother by killing her new husband, Claudius. In addition, at the very first chance, when Claudius is praying, Hamlet does not take that advantage to kill Claudius because “[he]’ll do’t – and so [Claudius] goes to heaven”. Hamlet considers killing Claudius but does not want to send him to death in a state of grace. The irony is that Claudius has not been able to pray; moreover, the sacrament of penance requires confession, and

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