All of the deaths in Hamlet can be accredited to Claudius. Madness — both real and feigned — is at the heart of the play. Hamlet loses his father to murder, then, surrounded by the suspicion of family and friends, his fraudulent uncle becomes king. Shakespeare 149 With all the similarities between Hamlet and Laertes displayed throughout the play there is an obvious dissimilarity between them; the way they react when they are faced with the uneasy task of revenge. They are similar in a surprising number of ways. While Hamlet lollygags and broods over the murder for much of the play, Laertes takes immediate action. Hamlet and Laertes were reared with the same forms of schooling, and were taught to abide by the same ethics and morals.
Hamlet, or formally known as Prince Hamlet of the Kingdom of Denmark, is the son of the deceased King Hamlet. I prithee, when thou seest that act afoot, Even with the very comment of thy soul Observe my uncle. I tell thee, churlish priest, A minist'ring angel shall my sister be When thou liest howling. They use manipulation and guilt to get what they want, even if it does tend to be impulsive. Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! He is saying that he has to marry someone in the royal family and if he marries a person of a non-royal background it wouldn't look appealing to the public. Nevertheless, cunning Laertes accepts the apology still seeking to take revenge by killing Hamlet. An examination of similarities and differences between Hamlet and Laertes, both loyal and vengeful, but one… Laertes and Fortinbras as Foils for Hamlet Hamlet, the major character in the Shakespeare play of the same name, was faced with a decision upon learning that Claudius murdered his father.
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius's brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. Contrasting Hamlet with Laertes Does it not, think'st thee, stand me now upon— He that hath kill'd my king and whored my mother, Popp'd in between the election and my hopes, Thrown out his angle for my proper life, And with such cozenage—is't not perfect conscience, To quit him with this arm? The complexity and sheer ambiguity of Hamlet's mental state and erratic behavior is compelling and seems to speak to the play's overall atmosphere of uncertainty and doubt. Hamlet wanted to be absolutely certain Claudius was the murderer of his dear father before any more blood was spilt. Hamlet's and Laerte's similarities can be described in many ways but one can talk about the main ones: being the love they have for Ophelia, the death of their father's and how they associate with their families. Agreeably they both loved Ophelia and you cannot judge who loved her the most, but you can admire how they both expressed themselves towards her. Which is why Shakespeare created this parallel to Hamlet.
These two characters are very alike with only a few differences which in their lifestyle and attitude. In the final scene, he kills Hamlet with a poisoned sword to avenge the deaths of his father and sister, for which he blamed Hamlet. The challenges of life are what guide one to the next level; no two challenges are ever the same, no matter how similar they may be. Each individual evolves with his or her own uniqueness, style, and way of life. Yet, all the while Hamlet obliterates his antic disposition and publicly apologizes to Laertes for the deaths of Polonius and his sister, Ophelia. Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! Hamlet is at first puzzled by Laertes's hatred for him, but later admits that he sees his own cause displayed in Laertes's actions. For example, Hamlet and Laertes have a unique similar respect for their fathers.
As Scene Two begins, in the first lines which Laertes speaks in the play, he requests that King Claudius allow him to return to his duties in France. They just went about seeking revenge differently, Hamlet a man of thought and Laertes a man of action. Later, Laertes is informed of her death. O, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth! Laertes and Hamlet In order for Hamlet to kill Claudius and for the play to come to a climax, Shakespeare had to make Laertes a parallel to Hamlet. In order to enhance emotion and to add a mood to a monologue, Elizabethan actors often talked to inanimate objects.
Laertes voices his concern of Hamlet's true intentions towards Ophelia and advices her to be some what wary of his love. Both families try and divulge information from each other, and do it in the most manipulative ways. Hamlet and Laertes, although very similar in most respects, differ in that Laertes is driven by passion and Hamlet is driven by reason. Ophelia: Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so. He leaps into her grave and begs the attendants to bury him with her.
Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras relate in circumstance, however each man differs in their reactions to the death of their father. O, this is hire and salary, not revenge. Hamlet is a royal prince of the Danish court. Another comparison to the seemingly similar manor of Hamlet and Laertes is that of the admirable mutual respect they have for each other, even throughout the twisted murders and losses of their loved ones. They both want to avenge the death of their father's and they both love Ophelia.
The differences between Laertes and Hamlet affect a main theme of the play revenge. Consequently, Hamlet consumed with rage automatically takes out a pocket knife attempting to kill Claudius, but instead strikes Polonius. He took my father grossly, full of bread, With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May; And how his audit stands who knows save heaven? Laertes Hamlet and Laertes are two people with almost all the same aspects in the Shakespeare's Hamlet. Unlike Hamlet, Laertes is driven by his emotions instead of his thoughts. What is the difference between Hamlet and Laertes? Hamlet was infatuated with Ophelia, which was obvious during his constant anguish over her in her rejection of him, and in her death, Hamlet suffered greatly. Laertes acts out of anger and jumps to conclusions.