The Unavoidable Tragedy The Tragedy of Hamlet is considered one of the most successful Shakespeare's plays and almost every educated person at least has a rough grasp on its plots and the image of Hamlet. However, probably for most readers who have carefully analyzed this tragic character, Hamlet himself is seemingly responsible for the bad ending of the play. Specifically, many people feel that the cast of his mind is so speculative, so questioning, and so contemplative that action, when it finally comes, seems almost like defeat. Nevertheless, I think no matter how Hamlet's characteristics change in this play, the tragedy is unavoidable. This essay will try to justify his seemingly mistaken behaviors and exposit his strength in chronological order, in order to clear Hamlet's stereotyped name of being a procrastinator in action and prove the inevitability of the tragedy. At the beginning of the play, before Hamlet meets the ghost and knows the truth, it is quite reasonable for him being thoughtful and suspicious. Although he suspects Claudius for murdering King Hamlet (as his first reaction to the truth the ghost reveals suggests), he can not take action without convincing reason. That is why he can only convey his dissatisfaction toward the king and his mother, being melancholic without doing anything. However, all the grief and indignation he has foreshadows the following plot that he will know the truth. After meeting the ghost and confirming what he suspects, Hamlet, instead of procrastinating, takes the initiative during the wresting with Claudius in a special way. Firstly, he “put[s] an antic disposition” to justify his bizarre but purposeful words and deeds, from which he tries to averts Claudius’s suspicion and keep the plan going smoothly(1.4. 173). Then he arranges the play "the Mouse-trap" to confirm the ghost’s words and the king’s crime. Nevertheless, some readers may think Hamlet exposes his ambition as the "bait" of the “trap" to explore the king's conscience, which accelerates Claudius's conspiracy imposing on him. In other words, Hamlet acts rashly and causes undesirable agitation. However, since it is obvious that there are great disparities in strength between the king and the prince, Hamlet needs to avoid confrontation with Claudius. In contrast, he needs to wait for a proper opportunity to defeat his rival and confirm the ghost’s words. In addition, Claudius is concerned with Hamlet's grief at first and madness later, which is certainly a sign that he has become aware of Hamlet's acts all the time according to his characterization. That is to say, the longer this situation lasts, the worse it is for Hamlet. As a result, the prince consciously startles the enemy to break the deadlock which is disadvantageous to him, compelling the king to realize the escalation of the situation and take action accordingly. Seemingly the king is the one who takes the first step and the prince belongs to the passive side, but actually it is Hamlet who first declares the war. After the play, the most debatable event in the whole story takes place: when the king is praying for his sins, Hamlet decides not to "do it pat" when he "enter [with sword drawn]"(3.3. 36). Because of this seemingly great mistake, Hamlet is widely accused of his petty mercy, or rather, his procrastination in action. It is easy to imagine that some readers who do not really understand the image of Hamlet will even assert that the loss of this remarkable opportunity leads directly to the ultimate tragedy of the whole play. It is absolutely right if they make this statement based solely on plot. In the play, Hamlet claims that he wants to kill the king when he is with "all his crimes broad blown"(3.3. 83). His excessive consideration about heaven and soul is the main reason why people interpret Hamlet as a procrastinator. However, Hamlet understands that no one will advocate a king-slayer without a motivation of justice. Specifically, he…
opening 3 pages prepare the audience for the subsequent tragedy?
In the play ‘Death of a Salesman’ Miller immediately establishes the subsequent tragedy that occurs in Linda by the use of a domestic setting. In addition, a tragedy is also evident in Willy, due to his failure to succeed in a capitalist society. Miller presents this through the stage directions, props and language in the opening 3 pages.
Miller uses props to show the tragedy that occurs in Linda’s personality due to her alienation…
8. Reappearance: N. - The act or fact of appearing, as to the eye or mind or before the public.
9. Romance: N. - A romantic spirit, sentiment, emotion, or desire.
10. Doomed: N. - Fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune.
10 Important Events
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2. Alan receives a letter from his dad. His dad is trying…
in a compelling way. The word's use in rhetoric is closely based on the Greek terminology used by Aristotle in his concept of the three artistic proofs.
1 Etymology and origin
2 Current usage
4 Character in Greek tragedy
5 Character, or ethos, in pictorial narrative
6 See also
8 Further reading
9 External links
Etymology and origin
Ethos (ἦθος, ἔθος, plurals: ethe (ἤθη), ethea (ἤθεα)) is a Greek word originally meaning "accustomed place"…
that inevitable tragedy awaits all who live, is the key factor that distinguishes the human species. It is because of this realization that tragedy elevates, rather than lowers, the human spirit.
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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
In life, death can be caused by ones self or people around them. In
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" , the awful tragedy was caused by their
families and themselves. The cause of Romeo and Juliet's death was the parents, but
also Romeo and Juliet's actions.
The families of Romeo and Juliet are a big part of why Romeo and Juliet took
their lives. The families hated each other and would not have even gave Romeo nor Juliet a chance. "Their parents…
Tragedies have been around for as long as time. They occur in the Bible, the history of the world, past-time, and present-time. They began long ago and will keep going for even longer. Tragedy, however, is often mainly associated with a type of play. I have only read Shakespeare tragedies so I did some research on what Aristotle thinks of tragedies.
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The first main portrayal of violence to…
tries to fix what he has done but is too late. He goes back to the rocky vaults to free Antigone only to have tragedy after tragedy happen to him. This finally proves that Creon was wrong all along. As a king and ruler, he should have shown Discipline himself and listened to the advise of Terisias, the citizens of Thebes, and of course his own son. Creon followed his own path to tragedy and hatred and his crime this whole time was stubbornness.…
Question: How have the texts you have studied shaped your understanding of the powerful impact of tragedy on individuals? In your response you must refer to ‘Othello’ and at least one other text of your own choosing.
What magnifies the sense of tragedy in each of these texts is the dramatic loss experienced by innocent individuals who are victims of powerful personal and social dynamics. Experiencing tragedy has a profound, powerful impact on individuals. The strong use of language devices in tragic…
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