Hamlets Fatal Flaw

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Hamlet's Fatal Flaw Hamlet's Fatal Flaw was that he had a hard time carrying out his plans. Many times did Hamlet plan on doing things, yet he did not carry out these plans. Hamlet was not a bad guy, but more of a tragic hero.

In the opening scenes of the play, the Ghost of Hamlet's father reveals the truth about his death to his son. He tells Hamlet to avenge his tragic murder. Hamlet's response seems like he has quick plans to carry out his fathers wishing, by saying "Haste me to know't that I with winds as swift"¦ May sweep to my revenge." (p. 29 lines 27-29) Unfortunately, Hamlet's inability to act on his father's extortion has him reluctant to kill the King Claudius by the end of that very scene, when he says, "This time is out of joint, O cursed spite, that I was ever born to set it right." (p. 35 lines 197-198) Here, Hamlet is already having doubts and wishing that he wasn't the one that had to carry out the revenge for his father. Obviously Hamlet has real problems when it comes down to dealing with things.

As the play goes on, Hamlet still has not done a thing to avenge his father. In act II, scene 2, Hamlet decides that before he can avenge his father's death, he must make sure that the Ghost was telling the truth. This simply gives Hamlet more excuse to procrastinate. Hamlet makes a plan to have a play in which he will test the kings reaction to. The play would be about a king who is murdered by someone putting poison into his ear. Then the murderer becomes king and is loved by the fallen kings wife. Just as it was for Claudius who killed the king and took his wife. When the play is seem by Claudius, Claudius becomes outraged and ends the play. Hamlet knows now that Cladius is guilty. Even here, hamlet is speaking to his friend Guilderstern and says "I lack advancement" (p. 81 line 338) when his friend asks what is wrong with him. I think that Hamlet knows his flaw but he won't act on it.

In act III, scene 3, Hamlet is ready to kill the king, but

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