Hamlet Dilemma Essay

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Shaun Markarian Mr. Parsons English III 14 December 2012 Hamlet Tragic Flaw Essay Like we have Jersey Shore and Teen Mom today, back in Shakespeare’s time they had Hamlet which is why it became one of his greatest masterpieces. The big argument that surrounds the character of Hamlet is whether or not he has a tragic flaw, and if he has one, what is it? In C. P. Aichinger’s article he discusses his opinion that Hamlet’s downfall is that he is too moral in an immoral environment. I disagree with Aichinger because I believe that Hamlet does have a tragic flaw. In my opinion Hamlet’s tragic flaw is that he is too indecisive. Hamlet overanalyzes when it is not really necessary and oversimplifies when it is necessary. Hamlet’s indecisive actions create negative situations for him and others. Hamlet’s indecisiveness is demonstrated in his attempts to get revenge on Claudius for his father’s death. Hamlet becomes fueled even more in his revenge after the player gives a speech that brings tears to his eyes even though he had no emotional tie to it. Hamlet’s motivation for this is demonstrated when he says, “What would he do had he the motive and cue for passion that I have?” (II.ii). Hamlet is saying if he was able to act on the emotion the player had he could execute his revenge. Even so, Hamlet’s contemplation is further apparent after the play is put on because even though Hamlet has the motivation and proof that Claudius killed his father, he still does not act on it. Hamlet also gets the opportunity to kill Claudius while he is praying, but decides against it when he says, “No! Up, sword; and know thou a more horrid hent,” (III.iii). Hamlet has the perfect opportunity to kill Claudius, but decides against it yet again. The constant indecisiveness demonstrated by Hamlet causes him to continuously put off the revenge for his father’s death. Hamlet’s

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