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The Real Tragic Hero: Hamlet and Laertes

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Kevin Jeyendran

on 15 July 2014

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The Real Tragic Hero: Hamlet and Laertes

The 7 Characteristics of a Shakespearian Tragic Hero
To decipher which character is more tragic at the end of the play, we must know what makes a character tragic. There are 7 Characteristics, according to Shakespearian tragedies, that must be present within a character to make the play a tragedy. The 7 are:
An Exceptional Being
A figure of great standing in other men's eyes.
A figure of tremendous bravery or courage or intelligence.
The hero has an extrodinary
sense of

Choice in Destiny
Man's destiny is not god-given
Element of Choice
Tragic Flaw
The Main character posesses a tragic flaw, something that brings them to their downfall
Exercise of this Flaw
Character uses this flaw which causes chain of events
affects the character personally
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& Kartik Kambli
Death of Main Character
Death is significant
Quality of sacrifice
The hero must be sacrificed in order to right the evil arising out of the hero’s exercise of his/her tragic flaw
Tragic downfall of the hero elicts a sense of pity and compassion to the audience
Universal Implications
The tragedy has universal effects to all of the society
Hamlet The Tragic End
Hamlet remains constant throughout the play, but ultimately enters his pitiful downfall in the end. Through the examinations of his nobility, his tragic flaw, and his release of pathos amongst the audience, it will be determined that Hamlet displays a more tragic end than Laertes.
Analysis: A Deeper
Look at the two
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