Arguably the best piece of writing ever done by .
William Shakespeare, Hamlet the is the classic example of a .
tragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usually .
dies at the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet.
commit suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like them .
Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But .
that is not all that is needed to consider a play a tragedy, .
and sometimes a hero doesn't even need to die. Making .
Not every play in which a Hero dies is considered a .
tragedy. There are more elements needed to label a play .
one. Probably the most important element is an amount of .
free will. In every tragedy, the characters must displays .
some. If every action is controlled by a hero's destiny, .
then the hero's death can't be avoided, and in a tragedy the .
sad part is that it could. Hamlet's death could have been .
avoided many times. Hamlet had many opportunities to kill .
Claudius, but did not take advantage of them. He also had .
the option of making his claim public, but instead he chose .
not too. A tragic hero doesn't need to be good. For .
example, MacBeth was evil, yet he was a tragic hero, because .
he had free will. He also had only one flaw, and that was .
pride. He had many good traits such as bravery, but his .
one bad trait made him evil. Also a tragic hero doesn't .
have to die. While in all Shakespearean tragedies, the hero .
dies, in others he may live but suffer "Moral Destruction". .
In Oedipus Rex, the proud yet morally blind king plucks .
out his eyes, and has to spend his remaining days as a .
wandering, sightless beggar, guided at every painful.
step by his daughter, Antigone. A misconception about .
tragedies is that nothing good comes out of them, but it is .
actually the opposite. In Romeo and Juliet, although both .
die, they end the feud between the Capulets and the.
Montegues. Also, Romeo and Juliet can be together in .
heaven. In Hamlet, although Hamlet dies, it is almost for .