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Transcript of Hamlet's Hamartia
fatal flaw leading to downfall of tragic hero
does not confront uncle right away
pretends to turn mad, puts on a fake play etc.
thinks too much
delay leads him to his own death
THE PERFECT REVENGE
not hesitant, passive, or too sensitive
revenge to bring justice
delay to keep the play going
delays with purpose
PROCRASTINATION OR THE PERFECT REVENGE?
Prince of Procrastination
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Hamlet's tragic flaw seems to be procrastination in the play as he is incapable to act to avenge his father's death. However, does Hamlet have "valid" concerns that prevent him from knowing how to act? Could this debunk a tragic flaw afterall?
1. test ghost's revelations
2. antic - dispositions action
3. play within a play
4. Claudius at prayer
5. has the death of Claudius thrust upon him
"Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift
As meditation or the thoughts of love,
May sweep to my revenge" (I, iv, 29-31)
REQUIREMENTS OF A TRAGIC FLAW
personality trait or error of character
protagonist battling internal/psychological conflict
leads to characters destruction
drives the story
"Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution ... and lose the name of action" (III, i, 91-96).
"How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge" (V, iv, 31-32).
"Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;
And now I'll do't. And so he goes to heaven,
And so am I revenged. That would be scann'd.
A villain kills my father; and for that,
I, his sole son, do this same villain send
O, this is hire and salary, not revenge!
He took my father grossly, full of bread,
With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May;
And how his audit stands, who knows save heaven?
But in our circumstance and course of thought,(85)
'tis heavy with him; and am I then revenged,
To take him in the purging of his soul,
When he is fit and seasoned for his passage?
Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent.(90)
When he is drunk asleep; or in his rage;
Or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed;
At game, a-swearing, or about some act
That has no relish of salvation in't
Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven,(95)
And that his soul may be as damn'd and black
As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays.
This physic but prolongs thy sickly days" (III, iii, 73 - 96).
Is the tragedy in the play caused by Hamlet's actions or inaction?