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William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, one of his most popular revenge tragedies, and he developed the plot by using complex characters. Hamlet's destruction comes from his fatal flaw and not necessarily from the actions of others. Despite being instructed, by the ghost of his father, to avenge his father's death, and despite his initial willingness to "sweep to my revenge," (I.v), Hamlet cannot do it. Unlike his father would have done, Hamlet hesitates and this hesitation leads to, not only his own death but Gertrude, Ophelia, Laertes, and in terms of his original intention, Claudius. Hamlet is essentially a good man and would never kill from anger or without just cause and so is conflicted and requires proof of Claudius's part in his father's death. His fate as a tragic hero is sealed.
Hamlet also wants to ensure that, if Claudius killed his father, he goes to hell and not heaven. Although he has an opportunity to kill him, he waits, as if he thinks he can change fate. For Hamlet to even think that he has the power to govern Claudius's or anyone's fate and that he has the power to direct God's intentions intensifies Hamlet's flaw and misunderstanding of his own contribution in avenging his father's death.
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