Hamlet Analytical Essay by Writing Phan

The paper explores the character of Hamlet in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet", focusing on his flaws rather than hero-like qualities.
# 6126 | 1,615 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This term paper examines the character of Hamlet in which we see a very human character, one whose destiny in part condemns a man whose is also condemned by his own actions. This essay discusses Hamlet's habitual indecisiveness which leads to a climax in which there is in fact no clear resolution to the play's action.

From the Paper:

"We are accustomed to thinking of Hamlet as the hero of the play that bears his name the avenger of his father, the man who returns a sense of justice and order to the land of Denmark. And yet a closer reading of the play suggests that while Hamlet is in some sense a hero, he is also quite clearly culpable for the terrible events that occur. And yet rather than make him less compelling as a character, his essential flaws make him more interesting. His own indecisiveness and unwillingness to act in the end cause a great deal of harm in the world. His role as a prince is to serve as the protector of his people, as a dam against the threat of evil. This passivity of his is certainly not as morally wrong as is the active evil involved in the murder of his father. But neither is it heroism, constituting no outstanding feat of virtue. "

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