HamletArgumentFinal - Hamlets Hamartia We all have a hamartia A fatal flaw For Achilles it was the heel for Pandora it was the box thing Hamlets

HamletArgumentFinal - Hamlets Hamartia We all have a...

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Hamlet’s Hamartia We all have a hamartia. A fatal flaw. For Achilles it was the heel, for Pandora it was the box thing. Hamlet’s hamartia was his arrogance. Hubris, as the Greeks say. A fatal flaw found commonly in main characters. His cocky attitude cost him, and resulted in the death of many. One of the first times we see that Hamlet may be just a little too sure of himself is at the very beginning when he talks to the ghost of his father. "Haste me to know't, that I with wings as swift as meditation, or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge," he says (I, v, 29-31). This shows Hamlets excitement for revenge and surety that he can do it. The arrogance in Hamlet's character is shown even more after the ghost leaves. Hamlet told his dead father that he would avenge him as soon as possible and waste no time, yet he develops the idea to act insane. Why? Why not directly kill the King (as Laertes threatens to do to Hamlet in revenge later in the play)? Hamlet's first act in carrying out his revenge really delays the enactment of that revenge. His choice to delay wasn't due to fear or procrastination; he

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