A Flaw of Too Much Thinking Analytical Essay

A Flaw of Too Much Thinking
A look at whether Hamlet's tragic flaw is the he over thinks every situation.
# 128479 | 2,462 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jul 25, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper talks about Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet" suggesting that indeed Hamlet does have a tragic flaw, which is that he thinks too much at important moments. The paper argues that Hamlet's delayed action, contributes to the deaths of all the characters.

From the Paper:

"William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a very intelligent character who almost always thinks everything through in detail before acting. Throughout the play, this is very helpful to him. However, he does over think in one very critical situation. That moment of indecision leads to his death and the deaths of other characters. In order for Hamlet to fit the Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero, he must have a tragic flaw and Hamlet's tragic flaw is his inaction due to his thinking too much.
"Although very intelligent, Hamlet does not always think when it is best for him to do so. In the beginning, he is able to use his intelligence to his advantage. As opposed to both Laertes and Fortinbras, Hamlet does not act immediately to avenge his father. ''In this connection, we should note that the play has two others revenngers: Fortinbras and Laertes, both of whom have to avenge insults to or murder done on their fathers. They act immediately, with effective resolution and courage'' (Johnston)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dunn, Susan. "The Tragic Flaw and Emotional Intelligence." The Ceo Refresher. 2004. 27 Nov. 2006 <http://www.refresher.com/!sdtragic.html>.
  • Johnston, Ian. "Introductory Lecture on Shakespeare's Hamlet." English 366. Malaspina-University College, Nanaimo, BC. 27 Feb. 2001. 25 Nov. 2006 <http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/eng366/lectures/hamlet.htm>.
  • Stockton, Carla L. Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare's Hamlet. New York: Wiley, Inc, 2000. 1-129.

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