Comparative Essay On Hamlet And Laertes

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What's different about them, to me, is that Laertes and Fortinbras are confident men of action. Hamlet, on the other hand, is famous for sitting around worrying about what he should do instead of actually doing something.

What's different about them, to me, is that Laertes and Fortinbras are confident men of action. Hamlet, on the other hand, is famous for sitting around worrying about what he should do instead of actually doing something.

For example, there is a moment in Act IV where Claudius asks Laertes what he would do to show that he was really his father’s son and said “To cut his throat i’th’ church” ( This is a very revealing quote about Laertes’s character, willing to kill someone in what is considered a safe haven of God.

Compare this to Hamlet, who is unwilling to kill Claudius when he sees him praying earlier on in the play.

All three men try to take revenge for fathers murdered, but each are delayed in doing so, and each regret the act after: Fortinbras takes political action to avenge his father's death.

He tries to be a man of action, but he is called back by his uncle, the sick king of Norway. In the end, when he reaches Denmark all are dead, and though his invasion is bloodless, he never really enacts personal revenge.

His father mandates revenge, though Hamlet is unprepared to do so.

He delays revenge because of fear and supernatural misgivings: how to send Claudius to hell and his father and himself to heaven (is it even possible? In the end, he enacts revenge on Claudius, but it comes after he is killed.

They suffer the loss of their fathers, as Hamlet does.

Fortibras sets out to attack Denmark to avenge the death of his father in battle against Denmark, but is stopped by his uncle, who is now king of Norway.

Claudius advises that he wait and kill Hamlet during a rigged fencing match.

After he is stabbed, he regrets his role as avenger because he has been used as a tool for Claudius' revenge.

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