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The action of a Shakespearean tragedy always develops through conflict.This conflict is both external and internal. It may be between two persons, or group of persons representing opposing traits, or belongs to one of the two groups. This is the external conflict. There may also be an internal struggle in the mind of the hero between two opposite ideas or interests which pull him in different directions so that the hero, torn and divided within himself, suffers the agonies of hell. As the dramatist's art matured, the conflict became more and more internalised. Thus there is Macbeth torn between ambitions and loyalty to the king.Othello is torn within himself between jealousy and love, and Hamlet hesitates and broods but does nothing. In this way the hero becomes a divided self and suffers from external conflict as well as intense mental anguish. This is a conspicuous element of a Shakespearean tragedy.
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