Who Was the Hero in Hamlet and How This Person Showed Heroism
As the future King of Denmark, the hero is expected to maintain a good cooperative relationship with the present King of Claudius. But that is not the case. Even before a ghost appeared, Hamlet had a very bad relationship with his uncle and stepfather Claudius.
Upon returning home from university at Wittenberg, he is confronted with the news, delivered by a supernatural form of his father's ghost, that Uncle Claudius is his father's murderer. This comes on top of Claudius's theft of his birthright, the royal monarchy, passed down by direct bloodline; war with Fortinbras; grieving that death brings to us all. In the end, Hamlet did what he said he would do: He found the truth and crushed Claudius's hopes of a kingly life. He then, since his life was the price of vengeance, honorably passed on the crown to Fortinbras with the help of Horatio, his steadfast friend.
Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, violates the law by killing different people such as Polonius, Laertes, Claudius, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, making him a tragic hero. Hamlet’s madness leads him down this path of destruction in which he harms and kills many people. Another way that Hamlet qualifies to be a tragic hero is that he causes suffering and harm to almost everyone in the play, such as Ophelia, Laertes, Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius, Horatio, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Hamlet leads to or contributes to the death of most of these characters; if Hamlet had not acted as he did, some of these characters might still be around, but through Hamlet’s actions he caused many people to die or suffer, which shows that he poses a threat to society. In conclusion, Hamlet displays the traits of someone in a high rank that violates a law and of someone who poses a threat to society and causes pain for others, which make him a tragic hero, as shown throughout the play.