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Can we say that the play Hamlet is an artistic failure? Why or why not? There must be a difference of opinion between T. S. Eliot and other critics.

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As T.S. Eliot has rightly pointed out, there are apparent flaws in the plot of Hamlet especially in the closet scene where Hamlet accidently kills Polonius mistaking him for Claudius and there is no remorse or guilt following this incident where Hamlet confronts Gertrude and accuses her of adultery. If one looks at Shakespeare's plays, one finds that he does not follow the Aristotlean model of writing tragedies where emphasis is greatly on plot. The strength of his plays lie in characterisation. Instead of an objective -co-relative, one needs to rather use Coleridge's -'willing suspension of disbelief'...

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