Many scholars argue that Hamlet’s tragic flaw is his tendency toward inaction—his inability to act. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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Yes, indeed. If Hamlet had acted immediately and decisively as he had promised the ghost to do, none of the tragic outcomes later would have occurred. His procrastination is what led to the deaths of so many innocents, including his own tragic demise.

When Hamlet is confronted by his father's ghost and learns about its untimely and horrific death, he is truly distraught and passionately promises:

Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift
As meditation or the thoughts of love,
May sweep to my revenge. 

When he is informed of the heinous nature of his father's death he once again asserts:

O, fie! Hold, hold, my heart;
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
But bear me stiffly up.

The words imply that Hamlet is ready to act and that his heart should not give in but give him the strength to perform his revenge. Truly the words of one who wants to take charge. This, however, is not so. Even though he is all fire and brimstone in the moment, it becomes clear later that Hamlet is not a man of...

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