I need help writing an essay about how the play Hamlet is a tragedy.

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One way to approach the writing of your essay about Shakespeare's Hamlet involves establishing the elements of tragedy that are identifiable in the play. Here are two of the elements of tragedy as established by Aristotle to get you started.

Hamartia: This Greek term means "tragic flaw," or the quality in a tragedy's protagonist that causes his or her downfall. Hamlet's tragic flaw could be his emotional lability, or even his indecisiveness. When arguing this section of your essay, be sure to support your ideas with quotes from the play that prove Hamlet's possession of the tragic flaw on which you decide to focus.

Anagnorisis: This Greek term means "moment of truth," or the moment at which the...

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