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Hamlet Thesis Statement Examples

William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a tragedy, and that makes Hamlet a tragic hero; however, it is important to identify the characteristics common to Shakespeare's tragic heroes before writing your thesis statement. 

First of all, Hamlet suffers from a fatal flaw, a weakness in his character which eventually causes his downfall. Unlike the characters in an Aristotelian tragedy, Hamlet is aware of his flaw virtually from the beginning of the story, adding to the sense of...

William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a tragedy, and that makes Hamlet a tragic hero; however, it is important to identify the characteristics common to Shakespeare's tragic heroes before writing your thesis statement. 

First of all, Hamlet suffers from a fatal flaw, a weakness in his character which eventually causes his downfall. Unlike the characters in an Aristotelian tragedy, Hamlet is aware of his flaw virtually from the beginning of the story, adding to the sense of tragedy. We know that Hamlet's character flaw is indecision, as we watch him waver and vacillate time after time about whether to take action or not. In one sense we admire Hamlet for this, as he clearly recognizes and values human life enough to be sure he is not killing the wrong person. In another sense, we ask ourselves exactly how much evidence he needs before he will finally take some action. It is a rather frustrating journey to see him so resolved at times and then back away from his resolution.

Second of all, Hamlet is in a position of power, as the son (and nephew and stepson) of a king, which again means his fall from nobility is more tragic than a fall from a lower social position would be. Though it means nothing to Hamlet, he has been named as Claudius's successor, establishing Hamlet's position as the Prince of Denmark.

Third, Like many of Shakespeare's tragic heroes, Hamlet succumbs to the pressures of other people, not all human, who help advance his downfall. In Hamlet, those characters would certainly be Claudius, Polonius, the Ghost and his so-called friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Each of these characters is determined, well intentioned or not, to deter Hamlet from his purpose. Polonius is a distraction both because of his infernal butting-in and because he is Ophelia's father; though he pays for that, he contributes to Hamlet's inactions and is in the wrong place when Hamlet finally does act. Hamlet's rather bumbling friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are another distraction; he is certainly willing to have them killed because of their cumbersome and traitorous meddling. Claudius is an obvious nemesis from the beginning; the Ghost certainly influences Hamlet.

Finally, Hamlet has opportunities to save himself but does not do so--or does not do so in time--which leads directly to his death. How often did Hamlet think he was ready to kill Claudius but then could not act, sometimes for good reason and sometimes just because of his flawed indecision. His fatalistic view is part of this point.

There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will. 

Your thesis must encapsulate your thinking (which will be reflected in the rest of your essay) about Hamlet as a tragic hero. You and I would probably agree on most of these basic issues regarding Hamlet as a tragic hero; however, what is up for debate between us is whether we find Hamlet's flaw admirable or weak (see first point above). Once you decide that for yourself, you can write your thesis.

Possible thesis sentences:

  • Hamlet is a tragic hero because he demonstrates a fatal flaw which leads directly to his death. (basic)
  • In Hamlet, Shakespeare gives us a character who knows his flaw but is unable to overcome it because of his own indecision as well as the interference of others. 
  • Hamlet is a tragic hero whom we both pity and admire as he falls from his high place due to his own inaction.

Write a thesis which matches how you feel and what you will write about Hamlet. 

hi im not sure if this is a good thesis sentence, and im wondering if some of you could help me make it stronger

its about hamlet and how tis a revenge tragedy. like how the ghost of his father wants revenge on claudius and how hamlet seeks revenge on him and delays his actions

Throughout the play Hamlet is slowed by many choices he has to make and uses extremes to display the theme that the pursuit of revenge leads to tragedy.
In the course of the play, Hamlet is confronted by many choices he must make, and [Shakespeare?] uses extremes to presenthis theme that the pursuit of revenge leads to tragedy.

Your thesis sentence sounds OK, Jeng; what is more important than the thesis statement itself is how well you fulfil it with the body of your essay.
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alright, thank you so much, and yea i know what you mean by my ESSAY has to fulfill it.

is this better? i sort of revised it, or is it choppy?

In the course of the play, Hamlet is confronted by many choices he must make, and Shakespeare uses extremes to present how revenge leads to tragedy.
I'm not sure it's revenge that leads to tragedy, on Hamlet's part. Poor time-management in the pursuit of revenge, perhaps.

MrP
Hello-- I am English teacher looking to see if a student copied a paper from here or not. Is there any way I can see the whole paper? Or, did he just submit the thesis for help?
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What you see is what we've got.
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AnonymousHello-- I am English teacher looking to see if a student copied a paper from here or not. Is there any way I can see the whole paper?
Nice try...

MrP
Hey can anyone help me
I am writing an essay on Hamlet
the essay question provided was " In all versions of the story, the theme is the same: revenge!" Explore how the play Hamlet is a tragedy of revenge.

I am stuck on writing a thesis statement for that topic sentence
can anyone help
i came up with an idea but im not too sure on

In William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet the main theme discussed throuout the play was revenge and how the act of certain individuals lead to the downfall of many. Fortibras, Laertes and Hamlet all seek revenge to the deaths of their fathers

Thats what i have so far, can anyone help me out

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