Hybris is the belief that one is omnipotent, a god. Though the reader gets an inkling, typically the common people of the play are unaware of the impending evil.
Every hero falls due to some flaw in his or her character. In one case he finds an opportunity to kill Claudius while Claudius is praying. Shakespearean tragedies also have a renowned or prosperous hero who experiences a reversal of fortune due to a tragic flaw.
What Is a Tragedy? Tragedy is a serious play or drama typically dealing with the problems of a central character, leading to an unhappy or disastrous ending brought on, as in ancient drama, by fate and a tragic flaw in this character, or, in modern drama, usually by moral weakness, psychological maladjustment, or social pressures.
It is this perfectionism, failure to act, and uncertainty about the correct path that ultimately result in Hamlet's death and lead Denmark into chaos. That is, however much the hero makes mistakes, the overall impression is that he is led to committing those errors under the snares and pitfalls of Destiny.
The ghost Hamlet sees plays an important role in stirring up internal conflict. Leave a Reply.