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Hamlet's Flaws


Adam D

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Hamlet's Flaws

Illustrate that Claudius, Laertes, and Fortinbras
point out the flaws in Hamlet's character. Fortinbras brings out Hamlet's indecision Fortinbras takes even the smallest matters into his own hands "Fortinbras's brief appearance in 4.4 on his way to an invasion of neighboring Poland energizes Hamlet, who sees in this war, directed at no more than 'a little patch of ground... this straw... an eggshell' (4.4.18,26,53) a direct and shaming contrast to his own inaction in taking revenge against his father's murderer, King Claudius.' (Boyce) Fortinbras is avenging his father over a useless piece of land, while Hamlet, whose situation is much worse, does nothing to avenge his own. Fortinbras avenges his father while Hamlet stands by and does nothing "Go, captain, from me greet the Danish king;/Tell him that by his license Fortinbras/Craves the conveyance of a promis'd march/Over his kingdom. You know the rendezvous." (4.4.1-4) While Fortinbras sets his plan into action, it highlights the fact that Hamlet allows himself to be distracted by his thoughts. Laertes points out Hamlet's passion-driven character. When Laertes jumps into Ophelia's grave to hold her, Hamlet gets angry and expresses that he loves Ophelia. “Laertes’ passion serves to provoke Hamlet’s anger to such an extent that the prince leaps into Ophelia’s grave and attempts to outdo Laertes.” (Bloom) In his forceful exhibit of his feelings and opinions, Hamlet causes havoc and tension between he and Laertes. The main characters in William Shakespeare's accentuate Hamlet's flaws. Hamlet Thesis When Laertes offers Hamlet an apology as he is dying, Hamlet accepts "Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee." (5.2.320) Hamlet's anger and blinding rage turns into forgiveness Claudius brings out Hamlet's feigned madness His anger towards Claudius causes Hamlet to kill Polonius, which turns into him creating riddles for Claudius to solve. "At supper./Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain/convocation of politic worms are e'en him..." (4.3.18,20-21) "A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a/king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm." (4.3.27-28) "In heaven; send thither to see: if your messenger/find him not there, seek him i' the other place/yourself; but if indeed you find him not within/this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs to the lobby." (4.3.33-37) "He will stay till you come." (4.3.29) The coyness that Hamlet uses to anger and confuse Claudius makes him appear mad Claudius' insincere and effortless attempt to stop Gertrude from drinking the poison causes Hamlet to lash out "Hamlet's decision to kill Claudius is a sudden, furious and impulsive act of retribution which avenges his mother's accidental death..." (Bradshaw) Claudius' murder by Hamlet is a direct example of his "madness" Conclusion In William Shakespeare's play, , Hamlet's flaws are exposed through the actions of others. Hamlet Hamlet's Flaws
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