Laertes Is a Tragic Hero

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Hamlet: Tragic Hero Tragic heroes can be observed within hundred of novels, plays and stories from the origin of English literature. With a fatal flaw leading to their demise, some may argue that tragic heroes are destined for their own destruction simply due to their character and personality. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Laertes can be regarded as one of the most significant tragic heroes in the play. Laertes takes an aggressive and almost bloodthirsty approach to redeem the deaths of his father and sister. His uncontrollable anger causes him to take irrational steps, ultimately leading to his demise. Unfortunately, Laertes realizes his mistakes when it is too late to change them, which truly portrays his character as a symbolic tragic hero. When Laertes hears about the death of his father, he furiously leads an angry rebellion against the King, holding a threat to take over the kingdom. A messenger warns the King that: … young Laertes, in a riotous head, O’erbears your officers. The rabble call him “lord,” And, as the world were now but to begin, Antiquity forgot, custom not known, The ratifiers and props of every word, (They) cry “Choose we, Laertes shall be king!” (4.5.111-116) Without even stopping to consider other possible causes to the murder, Laertes assumes that the King is responsible for his father’s death. He infuriatedly approaches the King and threatens to take over the kingdom without thinking about other people that may have killed his father. Laertes’ aggression ultimately leads to his demise, since he does not think about the situations he is in and instead chooses to act on his fury. As soon as Laertes enters the kingdom, he starts to scream about the betrayal his father faced as a result of showing loyalty to the King. Before the King receives a chance to explain the cause of his father’s death,

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