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<ul><li><p>8/11/2019 Hamlet a tragic hero?</p><p> 1/3</p><p>Hamlet Tragic Hero</p><p>- Tragic hero</p><p>-</p><p>Tragedy (as opposed to an epic) relies on dramatic performances ratherthan a narrative</p><p>- Best tragic plots are single and complex</p><p>- Includes reversal situation seems to be developing in one direction butsuddenly switches to another</p><p>- Tragic pleasure of pity and fear- Cant be all good or all evil the audience has to be able to identify with</p><p>him but if he is superior in some way the pleasure in intensified</p><p>- Encounters obstacles from society, plan flaws, gods, nature etc.</p><p>- His end comes from mistaken action or error in judgement e.g. a</p><p>common one is pride and therefore the hero ignores the advice of the</p><p>gods- The hero must not die at the end but a change in fortune occurs. Receives</p><p>some kind of revelation</p><p>- Due to the heros suffering being more than his mistake the audience feels</p><p>pity</p><p>- Represents actions that give form to universal truths</p><p>- The tragic hero is "a [great] man who is neither a paragon of virtue and</p><p>justice nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness</p><p>or wickedness but because of some mistake."</p><p>- A great man - one of those who stand in great repute and prosperity. The</p><p>hero is neither a villain nor a model of perfection, but is basically goodand decent.</p><p>- Mistake - (hamartia): This Greek word, which Aristotle uses only once in</p><p>the Poetics, has also been translated as "flaw" or as "error." The great man</p><p>falls through--though not entirely because of--some weakness of</p><p>character, some moral blindness, or error. We should note that the gods</p><p>also are in some sense responsible for the hero's fall.</p><p>- The plot of a tragedy also involves some horrible or evil deed. The tragic</p><p>hero does it consciously, does it out of ignorance, or mediates it (makes it</p><p>easy for the deed to happen). To make it really horrible for the audience,</p><p>Aristotle suggested that the evil deed should be done to a family member.</p><p>Hamlet</p><p> Chain of being hierarchy of people</p><p> Regicide homicide of a royal occurs, King Hamlet and his brotherchain</p><p>of being is broken</p><p> Horatio the voice of reason lives he is the only one who lives to tell the</p><p>story to others</p><p> When a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts</p><p>without any irritable reaching after fact and reason Keats 1817</p><p> Hamlet is very indecisive procrastinator</p><p>To be or not to be? to kill or not to kill the reason people dont killthemselves is because they dont knowwhat happens afterwards</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Hamlet a tragic hero?</p><p> 2/3</p><p> Who is the tragic hero? What does he represent? Why is he saying it?</p><p>How does he say it?</p><p> Is he the actor? Is the madman? Ultimate renaissance figure? Ultimate</p><p>tragic hero?</p><p> Relates to life and death</p><p>In media res? In the midst of things plays jumps straight into the drama</p><p> Her father prostitutes Ophelia out. Hamlet who she loves tells her to not</p><p>to speak to him and calls her a whore so does her brother. We feel sorry</p><p>for her. She feels very isolated. She is pushed to suicide.</p><p> Protestants dont believe in ghosts.</p><p> Claudius marries Hamlets mother and calls Hamlet his son</p><p> Hamlet is in aside shows conflict</p><p> Oedipus complex Hamlet might just be jealous of Claudius likes his</p><p>mother</p><p> Outward appearance of insanity reality vs appearance or public vs</p><p>private Claudius calls Hamlet a wimp/unmanly because he grieves over his</p><p>fathers death for a long time is he right?</p><p> Hamlet goes to the university where the protestant religion was born</p><p>His first soliloquy in book</p><p> Horatio being the voice of reason so the fact he sees the old king makes it</p><p>believable</p><p>Is he crazy burden and seeing the ghost could make him crazy Ghost wearing armour ready for battle foreshadows a sense of doom or</p><p>turmoil (angry) or reminder of that he is a king</p><p>Ophelia Act 1 scene 3</p><p> I think shes quite smart pretends to listen to their advice but doesnt</p><p>fully take it in</p><p> Tells them what they want to hear he hath importuned me with love in</p><p>honourable fashion</p><p> She is like Hamlet in the sense that she listens to her fathers opinions</p><p> Meek and feeble Yes I will obey you very obedient to the men in her</p><p>life</p><p> The men speak much more than her</p><p> Maybe she just plays the weak I do not know my lord what I should</p><p>think</p><p> Her answers become a lot shorter when her father speaks to her</p><p>Hamlet doesnt tell Ophelia he is pretending to be mad fragility thy name is</p><p>women. He uses her to think hes madbecause if she thinks he is crazy she will</p><p>tell her father who is advisor to the king so theyll all think he is crazy.</p><p>Polonius blames Ophelia for Hamlet being mad due to lust</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Hamlet a tragic hero?</p><p> 3/3</p></li></ul>