Revenge Is Too High a Cost - Hamelt's Great Inability to Act

607 Words3 Pages
Paul Tarlevs ENG 4U1 April 26th, 2012 Revenge is Too High a Cost The Tragic Hero - Hamlet’s Great Inability to Act The first characteristic of a tragic hero is that he/she must be a person of great importance. Hamlet being the prince of Denmark, he is in fact a valuable character. The surprise visit from the ghost of his father introduces a prophecy, where Hamlet will have to avenge his fathers’ death by killing the current King of Denmark, Claudius. The usual first impression on Hamlet in the beginning of the play is that he is a man of strength and power. However, a tragic hero is a character who experiences conflict and suffers greatly as result of his/her choices. Despaired through the death of his father and his mother’s marriage to his uncle Hamlet then begins to possess feelings of grief, anger and frustration. With these flaws weighing on his conscience it contributes to the making of a tragic hero. This is due to the forced objective of avenging his father’s murder and his mother’s incestuous marriage, Hamlet’s lack of being able to dictate his own choices and his cowardly sense of committing suicide to avoid the suffering. Hamlets anger, which stems from his mother marrying Claudius, bears him serious thoughts of suicide. This results in an attempt at a religious and moral sin which shows a weakness in his character. Hamlet shows some moral sense when he decides not to kill himself due to religious beliefs, which is a paradox that leads to Hamlet’s downfall. His statement “thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain” (I.V.102-103) establishes his tragic decision to let nothing stand in the way of his vowed revenge assuring the death of Claudius, a longer life span and the immunity of punishment towards his mother. As act III begins, the reader sees Claudius’s plot against Hamlet progress. Instead of finishing
Open Document