Hamlet's To Be or Not to Be: Statement Analysis

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To be or not to be

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement Hamlet suffers because he is ill-suited to be the protagonist for a revenge tragedy? Please explain why you chose that answer I disagree with the statement; a revenge tragedy necessitates a tragic hero which Hamlet exemplifies by being a character prone to suicidal thoughts, a character who eventually falls to some degree of insanity, a character who starts off as a person with high morals but shifts throughout the play, and most importantly a character who the audience knows might be messing things up for themselves but we find sympathetic anyway. also a revenge tragedy usually includes an interfamilial murder or rape in the plot, and the play has the murder of Hamlet's father by his Uncle, causing Hamlet to be the one taking revenge. the protagonist has to be Hamlet considering he's the one who would be avenging his father. this definition of the revenge tragedy and the tragic hero refers to works of the Greek, Roman, and Renaissance tradition and obviously illustrate the perfection of Hamlet as the protagonist of the revenge tragedy, being the epitome of the tragic hero. Hamlet suffers because he's the tragic hero of a revenge tragedy, I mean the point of revenge tragedies are that everyone suffers, especially the protagonist...

In my opinion, he is the perfect protagonist for a revenge tragedy. His reactions to everything that happens to him are believable. In short, he's human. The story wouldn't be as interesting if he was more like Fortinbras. If that were the case, Claudius's head would've been rolling before the king's ghost had finished telling Hamlet what happened.

Ill-suited to be a protagonist? Pah. He eventually got his revenge, didn't he? If he'd failed, then I'd agree to him being a poor lead.

As Victor Frankl writes, "We can discover this meaning of life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; or (3) by suffering." Hamlet chose...
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