Society As Personas Essay
In many works of literature—especially classical tragedy—no character ever achieves perfection. Something that a character has done in the past, a defective personality trait, or even something as simple as a physical quality keeps them from succeeding. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, no major character really wins in the end because one imperfection keeps them from …show more content…
After Hamlet had heard the news that his uncle Claudius had killed his father, Hamlet was driven into madness. At first the madness was simply a “mask” under which he could hide so that the King would not understand that Hamlet was seeking to avenge his father’s death. “For if the sun breed maggots in a dead /dog, being a good kissing carrion—Have you a /daughter?” (2.2.197-9). This quote is an example of both Hamlet’s madness and of the disease of the Danish court. Throughout the play, Hamlet contemplates murder, and even suicide, but fails to act on both of them until he is already dying at the end of the play. His tragic flaw is his inability to act, and this flaw further progresses the decay of the Danish court.
In contrast, Laertes is often portrayed as a Foil character to Hamlet. His tragic flaw is actually his willingness to act. After the death of his father, he is so enraged that King Claudius actually convinces him to try to kill Hamlet