1) What is the purpose of the mousetrap? (Play within a play)
Hamlet held several ethics and morals, which convinced him to obtain more evidence about what the ghost, had said to him. The purpose of the mousetrap was to determine Claudius guilt, and to avoid punishing an innocent person.
2) How is this a turning point in the play?
The verdict is determined on the murder of King Hamlet, Claudius’ reaction to the play portray his guilt towards murdering his brother. Hamlet is convinced about the unnatural murder of his father.
3) What does Hamlet gain from the play?
Hamlet receives critical information concerning the death of his father, by examining Claudius reactions. He obtained an informed conscious to seek revenge.
* One of the essential elements of any tragic figure is his/her tragic flaw (an inherent personality trait or set of traits that inevitably dooms the character to destruction.)
Identify and explain Hamlet’s tragic flaw(s) and how it/they bring about his downfall. (600 words due Monday 3/6)
Although possessing strong moral and ethical values are highly valued throughout many societies, in the play of Hamlet they became the catalyst of destruction. Several aspects led to the inevitable doom of young Hamlet; the consequences of procrastination, Vulnerability of youth, and possessing perpetual values associated with a moral and ethical conscience.
Hamlet welcomed inevitable doom into his life, through procrastination of acquiring revenge. “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying…up, sword and know thou a more horrid hent, When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage,…” this soliloquy by hamlet highlights his inner turmoil on whether to, accept or reject the thoughts of his inner conscience. He wants the man that caused his fathers unnatural death to serve eternity in hell and be denied the pathway to heaven. The inability to immediately pursue action is the character’s tragic flaw; the tragic flaw is a deficiency in...
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