Hamlet's Subverted Heroic Journey Argumentative Essay by Nicky

An argument that Hamlet, by his own actions, ruined his chances of becomg a hero.
# 145262 | 1,095 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 31, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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The paper discusses how Hamlet first deviates from the traditional heroic path when he refuses to deal with his sense of loss in a healthy manner. The paper further discusses how by not killing Claudius when he has the chance, he is only increasing his inner turmoil that leads to him accidentally killing Polonius. The paper looks at how he verbally attacks Gertrude and demonstrates how, at this stage, Hamlet is incapable of any rational thought.

From the Paper:

"William Shakespeare's Hamlet provides us with the ultimate recipe of what not to do when we are confronted with difficult circumstances. Hamlet was a man that could have been a great hero but instead destroyed his chances through his own failures. He cannot accept reality when it comes to his mother's remarriage and his melancholy forces him into a pit of despair that affects literally every aspect of his being. Hamlet only creates a worse situation for himself when he fails to act upon what he knows to be the truth. When he finally decides to be brave, he fails again. Killing Polonius only drives him into a further pit of instability from which he cannot save himself. Hamlet simply cannot step out of the emotional mire long enough to see what is happening around him and, as a result, ventures off the valiant course never to see any reward that awaits a noble and cherished hero."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hazlitt, William. "Characters of Shakespear's Plays." 1906. GALE Resource Database. Information Retrieved December 13, 2008. http://galenet.galegroup.com
  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York: Washington Square Press. 1992.

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