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Tragic Hero

Tragic Hero

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Tragic Hero
 
Hamlet
Hamlet is melancholy, bitter, and cynical, full
of hatred for his uncle’s scheming and disgust
for his mother’s sexuality.
Hamlet is often indecisive and hesitant, but atother times prone to rash and impulsive acts.
 
Interpretations
Aristotle contests that the tragic hero has to be a man “who is not
eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about
not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.”
 
The hero falls unexpectedly from a high place, a place of glory, orhonour, or joy, and as a consequence, we feel that kind of awe atthe depths to which he is suddenly plunged. Thus, the catastrophewill be of monumental proportions. A.C Bradley
Hamlet’s
fatal flaw, as seen by Aristotle, would be his failure to actimmediately to kill Claudius. Unlike classical tragic heroes, however,Hamlet is well aware of his fatal flaw from the beginning
 –
heconstantly questions himself on why he continues to delay thefulfilment of his duty.

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