An archetypal tragic hero is usually a victim of some act of "disorder", or disturbance in the flow of sequence. Hamlet exemplifies this archetype due to his antagonist, Claudius. Hamlet becomes a victim of disorder when Claudius steals the life of King Hamlet; therefore disrupting the order of power and revealing Hamlet as a typical tragic hero.
Claudius kills King Hamlet in order to gain power and become king. Before the death of King Hamlet, Claudius had to look up to him as the brother of the king, thus not advancing in power until the death of King Hamlet. According to Claudius" own confession to himself after Hamlet's play, he is aware of his terrible sin, "O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven my fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer can serve my turn? Forgive me my foul murder-(Act III, Sc. 3, lines 40-60). Claudius expresses his guilt for his sin and clearly shows remorse and asks for forgiveness. But, Claudius is not ready to give up what he has gained from his undertaking, the power of the crown and Queen Gertrude. His stubbornness defines the disrupting order of power.
The ghost of King Hamlet appears to Hamlet and calls upon him to avenge his murder. Previous to his encounter with his father's ghost, Hamlet believed Claudius" rise to the throne was unjust. Hamlet's notions of his father's death prove to be true by the ghost's words, "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder."(Act I, Sc. 5, line 32). Hamlet observes the ghost as his father, but also views the ghost as the devil who has come to entice him into murdering Claudius. The confusion of the purpose of the ghost argues Hamlet's plausibility in it. However, Hamlet identifies the ghost as his late father and swears justice on Claudius. This justice suggests violence by rewarding sin with punishment.
The appearance of the Ghost sparks Hamlet's quest for revenge. Hamlet is aware of what he must do to, but is clearly hesitant about it, " The time is out of joint.