Is Hamlet a revenge tragedy? Is Hamlet a revenge tragedy?

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Hamlet is a tragedy where revenge is an important part, but I don't think that Hamlet simply wants revenge.  Hamlet's tragic flaw is not so much pride as sensitivity, in my opinion.  He is not ready for the world he gets thrown into.

 

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Hamlet is more a psychological play because the revenge is not enacted until the final scenes.  Unlike most revenge plays, the action is postponed; so many feel that Hamlet is more about indecision and melancholy than it is revenge.  For, so many questions are posed with this drama among them How can we know the certainties of a crime without witnesses? What...

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Hamlet is considered a tragedy, and the character Hamlet himself is considered a tragic hero.
A tragedy is a story in which there is a tragic hero who is a generally 'good' or likable character, but who has a flaw. "A mole of defect". This flawed character commits a sin or a crime during the course of the play, and as a result of the characters flaw, or sin, the character must die. In the story, it is Hamlet’s inability to avenge the murder of his father that drives the plot forwards and the deaths, of Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia, Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern all result from Hamlet’s delay.

To highlight Hamlet's inability to take action, Shakespeare includes a number of other characters capable of taking resolute and headstrong revenge as required. Fortinbras travels many miles to take his revenge and ultimately succeeds in conquering Denmark; Laertes plots to kill Hamlet to revenge the death of his father, Polonius.

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Hamlet, is traditionally a revenge tragedy, revenge implies the wromged individual taking the law into his own hands in order to satisfy an inner passion though in civilised society this function of prblisìng the Wrong- doer is entrusted to the governmenp of the state. Here the concept of revenge cmes from the murder of Hamlet's father's murder but the revege comes the reason of the tragic end of all characters.
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