I think Hans is a tragic figure because he's
a consequence of being raised without love.
I don’t care if you hate Hans—his death, and the way his brothers respond to it, explains why he was so fundamentally selfish, and why his life was a tragic one.
When Anna is frozen solid, her sister cries out in agony and runs to her aid. Elsa is beside herself with grief, because her entire life all she ever wanted was to protect Anna and keep her safe.
Hans had twelve brothers. Twelve big brothers. That means that he should have had twelve protectors, twelve people who wanted for Hans what Elsa wanted for Anna. Twelve voices should have cried out when Hans was frozen to death, and twelve men should have gathered to mourn the little brother that they lost.
But instead they run, leaving Hans to his fate. They think only of themselves and their own safety. If love is putting someone else’s needs before yours, then it’s little wonder that Hans could not show such compassion for Anna, because selflessness and sacrifice are concepts that he has never known.
Anger and abuse is a viscous cycle. I can only imagine what sort of upbringing raised Hans’ brothers to look at their youngest sibling—a small, innocent child—and decide that he should be ignored, ridiculed and mocked. I would have liked to see someone show compassion to Hans, to forgive him and teach him the way to end the cycle of hatred… and perhaps he can recover, somehow, from his frozen fate. He has seen what real siblings can do, when they care and sacrifice for one another, and maybe someday he will know what that kind of compassion feels like.