Hamlet’s Tragic Flaw

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Hamlet has several flaws within his character. Such as his possible insanity, but his most crippling flaw, his tragic flaw is his inability to act or determine when actions are necessary during opportune moments.

 

Hamlet opens the play with initial dislike for his uncle, Claudius, for stealing his mother and his throne. When Hamlet is told by the ghost of his father that he was murdered and he wishes to be avenged Hamlet should have jumped at the opportunity to kill Claudius. Hamlet probably wanted to kill Claudius already in order to retain his throne. The ghost whether telling the truth or not should have given Hamlet just a little extra incentive to act.  

 

Hamlet is also unable to act when his uncle giving a confession. Hamlet had the perfect opportunity to kill Claudius without making a big scene and fails to do so. He has seen his uncle’s guilt and even heard him confessing of his father’s murder and still does not have enough incentive to act.

 

The problem may not lie within Hamlets ability to act, but in his decision making. When Hamlet does act it is with surprising quickness and usually is an irrational decision, such as, the stabbing of Polonius. If Hamlet would have had better decision making skills he could have wound up king with Olivia as his wife, and his mother alive. Instead he winds up dead along with Olivia and his mother.              

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