Hamlet Outline

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The Tragic Hero of Denmark: When Classic Revenge Tragedy Meets the Elizabethan Era Outline I. Introduction / Lead a. There is no doubt that Hamlet is a revenge tragedy. b. Argument: He is a tragic hero according to Aristotelian standards. c. Further analysis proves Shakespeare’s tragic hero is a hybrid, exhibiting characteristics of classical and Elizabethan forms of tragedy. II. Explanation: Characteristics of tragic hero a. Example 1: Noble Status b. Example 2: Evokes pathos in audience b.i. Paragraph 1: Hamlet’s soliloquy (“melt flesh . . .”) about suicide (I.ii) b.ii. Paragraph 2: Duality of Hamlet’s harshness on Ophelia III. Explanation: Tragic Flaw revealed primarily through soliloquies
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Unformatted text preview: a. Hamlet’s soliloquy after player acts proves he is already aware of his flaw (II.ii) b. “To be or not to Be” soliloquy: duality of life and death, existentialism (III.i) c. Religious soliloquy before Hamlet attempts to kill Claudius (III.iii) IV. Explanation: Debunking criticism against Hamlet as Aristotelian tragic hero a. Head over Heart (conscience over emotions) b. No glory for himself but for his father c. Seems to yield to uncontrollable forces (grief, sorrow, thoughts of afterlife) but only momentarily V. Conclusion a. The tragedy is not that Hamlet dies; it's that he dies exactly when he is ready to become a great king....
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