Hamlet's Flaws And Sanity Essay

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William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a classic revenge tale. “Hamlet” is well known for the famous soliloquy “To be, or not to be” which I find best to describe Hamlet’s character. Hamlet was given the task to avenge his father’s death. As the story progress Hamlet begins to question his worthiness, questioning his very existence. Hamlet’s emotions influence his every action throughout the story. Hamlet is not the typical hero that readers label; he has many imperfections and displays his own manner of heroism. I will talk about Hamlet’s flaws and his sanity in this essay, and with them opinions of others as well as my own. I will also include my thoughts about the central theme and ...view middle of the document...

The source of Hamlet's uncertainty is that he can't decide whether or not to kill Claudius. What makes this hard for many people to accept as a flaw is that Hamlet comes up with acceptable reasons to justify his delays.
Hamlet questions himself, his goal, his reason for being alive, but for every question an opportunity to kill Claudius was exposed and he didn't take it. Hamlet, was without a doubt confused, and probably scared, but the key question here is, was Hamlet in his right mind? Was he stable enough to attempt such a deed as to kill his king without questioning his every thought, reason, and his judgment of himself? Hamlet was not a person of sound mind; in fact, probably insane to the point of a breakdown, simply because of all the events that occurred to him was right after each other. Hamlet was not able to recover each event that he faced took an immense toll on him. His procrastination kills not only himself, but also his mother, his girlfriend, and others, but it also leaves the reader full of doubt. Of course it was obvious that Hamlet will kill the new king, but was it necessary to have so many deaths due to one mans uncertainty? Hamlet was not only fighting a battle against his father murderer, but a war within his self, blinded by insanity from reality. Hamlet was obsessed with death and killing Claudius and this would

eventually be his downfall. It was truly his one weakness questioning everything he does and over thinking the situation.
Hamlet plays mad convincing people that he was crazy accomplishing nothing, but in actuality I think he had truthfully gone crazy. When Hamlet starts thinking too much, he gets himself into trouble. Only if Hamlet could have acted decisively, several innocent people would have survived, and one guilty man would go punished. I think if Hamlet wasn't so lost in his thoughts he might have succeeded with his goals. These flaws caused the death of Gertrude, Polonius, Ophelia, and Laertes. Although the killings Hamlet carried out were flaws he possessed, another most important flaw was his ignorance in following the Ghost. Hamlet was warned not to follow the Ghost that there must be some evil within him, but Hamlet didn't listen....

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