In Hamlet, what was Hamlet's tragic flaw? My teacher seems to think Hamlet's tragic flaw was to want the public to understand that Claudius is a villain. I am conflicted and need some help as to what his actual flaw is. I took it as a character flaw considering he was trapped behind his thoughts and being indecisive on when to kill Claudius. Detailed answers would be perfect--thanks!
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Looking at the evidence we are presented with in the play, I would argue that Hamlet's tragic flaw was definitely not wanting the public to understand that Claudius was a villain. Instead, his tragic flaw was his own procrastination, which is first of all shown through his desire to make absolutely sure that what the Ghost told him was true, but then is exhibited through his delay in taking his revenge that he desires so much. Note how this is shown at the end of Act II scene 2, where Hamlet, in one of his soliloquies, discusses the potential pitfalls he faces if he acts on what the Ghost has told him only to find that it wasn't true. Finally, Hamlet ends with the following lines:
I’ll have grounds
More relative than this. The play’s the thingWherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.
How stand I, then,
That have a father killed, a mother stained,
Excitements of my reason and my blood,
And let all sleep?
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