Amelia Schriner English 4 Lanning 10/19/2017 In this paper I am going to be comparing Hamlet and Laertes. Laertes is the son of Polonius and the brother of Ophelia. Hamlet is the prince of Denmark and son of Gertrude.Hamlet 's father was killed and he believes Claudius killed him. The differences and similarities between Hamlet and Laertes are pronounced, and they merit rigorous scrutiny. There are similarities and differences between Laertes and Hamlet. Hamlet is good in many ways, but he also has many flaws. Hamlet is a very loyal individual. He makes a promise to the ghost of his father to kill Claudius and he eventually does. When he wants revenge he says “So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word; It is 'Adieu, adieu! remember me.’ …show more content…
In this paragraph, I am going to be comparing and contrasting Laertes and Hamlet. Hamlet and Laertes have some similarities and some differences. First, Hamlet and Laertes are similar because they both are impulsive. Hamet shows that he is impulsive when he killed Polonius when he was standing behind the curtain. He also proves he is impulsive when he says “A bloody deed! Almost as bad, good mother, As kill a king, and marry with his brother…Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell! I took thee for thy better. Take thy fortune.” Laertes shows he is impulsive when he says he is going to kill Hamlet with a poisoned sword. Additionally, they are both vengeful. Hamlet shows that he is vengeful when he says “Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge”. Laertes shows that he is vengeful when he wants to kill Hamlet. They also both care about Ophelia. On the other hand, Hamlet and Laertes have some differences. First, Hamlet is very intelligent and knows when someone is using him, but Laertes is not very intelligent and is easily tricked. Laertes is very gullible. Second, Hamlet is indecisive although, Laertes will not hesitate to do what he wants to do in order to get his revenge. Clearly, Hamlet and Laertes have similarities and differences. It is important that we recognize the the differences and similarities of these characters that I described. I have come to the conclusion that Hamlet and Laertes are both good people inside. It was the deaths of their loved ones that caused them to do irrational acts. They both only wanted to avenge their loved ones, but they went way too far. I think that Hamlet and Laertes have more similarities than
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One similarity that makes Laertes such a good foil to Hamlet is that they both return to Denmark when they have lost a father. However, the sharp contrast in their reaction to these deaths reveals more about Hamlet’s character. Upon returning to
Their actions and emotions in comparison show how the two are different from one another, as revealed by Laertes’ compulsiveness. As both characters have similar motives to avenge their fathers deaths, they react differently. Laertes gets to immediate action and does not let anything hold him back, whereas Hamlet remains still in his madness and contemplates his actions. When Laertes rushed back to Denmark after hearing about Polonius’ death, he says to Claudius, “To this point I stand, / That both the worlds, I give to negligence, / Let come what comes; only I’ll be revenged / Mostly thoroughly for my father. ”(Shakespeare 4.5 151-154)
Back to a long time ago when I was young, my mom would tell me stories about heroes go out and save the day. But behind that glorious scene, most heroes have a background story and it is not a perfect picture sometimes. As human, people tend to make mistakes overtime and flaws are definitely inevitable. After reading Oedipus and Hamlet, they are both heroes with significant tragic story. Hamlet fits more with the definition of a hero than Oedipus for his motivations, traits and actions.
This can be presented through the events with Laertes, In the scene showing the burial of Ophelia they both jump in the coffin and start fighting. Hamlet pulls out from the fight first, giving us a hint of his Maturity growth. We see that with all the trouble Hamlet has experience, his become a bigger person and realizes that Laertes also lost his father and sympathizes with him. He comes clean and admits his wrongdoings saying “give me pardon sir…. I have done you wrong”.
Throughout the play Hamlet continues to act insane and even dies with the act continuing. Even after Hamlet gathers all the evidence that proves Claudius is the murder, Hamlet continues to behave in a strange way. When he mistakenly murders Polonius he does not react as a sane person would. This act enrages Laertes, who then wants to avenge his father’s death. Driven to madness by the murder of his father, Laertes, with the help of Claudius conspires to kill Hamlet.
Laertes was worried about his and his dad’s pride so he decide to murder hamlet. Laertes plans the big fencing match with Hamlet. He tricked hamlet and poisoned the tip of his sword. After he poisoned the tip of his sword everything went downhill. Laertes was being greedy because he wanted his dad to be king and stay king.
Laertes and Hamlet are similar in the sense that they are both fatherless and want to achieve the ultimate form of revenge against the man that killed their father. Laertes says: “...Let come what comes, only I'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father (4.5.135-136).”
In the exposition, Laertes is introduced as the brother to the beautiful Ophelia, the girl to whom Hamlet secretly loves. As a “loving” friend and relative, they both share a common bond in wanting to care for Ophelia, but the future shows differently than what they intended. When Ophelia died towards the end, that common bond they shared for her grew stronger and added to the fire that ultimately drew them to go against one another. Hamlet became rejectful of the news and anger soon took over. When confronted by Laertes and challenged by his feeling for
They both did so much wrong just to get their past back or get their revenge that they end up getting murdered. Daisy drove the car that killed Myrtle, and Myrtle’s husband assumed the one who hit her was the one she cheated on him with so he shot him while he was minding his own business. Hamlet killed Polonius, and Ophelia died, so Hamlet and Laertes had a duel which ends both of their lives. In the end of it all, they were both so set on getting revenge or fixing their past that they angered so many other people and died, neither of them even fulfilled their
By doing this she leaves Laertes all alone in the world. When Hamlet returns from England to hear this news he is petrified. He becomes angry with Laertes for grieving too much and in return Laertes is angry at Hamlet because he thinks this is all his fault. The two gramble at each other. This leading to the last act of cruelty.
Similarly, Laertes is known for being a good fighter, a man of action, and having the ability to lead. During the play, Laertes states, “To cut his throat i’th’ church”(4.7.98). Laertes here claims he would go as far as kill Hamlet in the church, something almost unheard of for the
Laertes is the son of Polonius, who is mistakenly murdered by Hamlet. Laertes goes away to school in France, only to be told that his father was murdered and there was no ceremony. Subsequently, that fueled Laertes’ core issue, the fear of betrayal. He feared that Claudius killed his father because Polonius was close to Claudius; he is the King’s advisor. Laertes’ quest for redemption is to kill Hamlet.
Hence, unlike Hamlet, Laertes is driven by impulsiveness causing him to act without thinking, which emphasizes Hamlet's indecisiveness. In this manner, the author utilizes the foil character Laertes to highlight Hamlet's contrasting characteristics. Similarly, Fortinbras parallels Hamlet's situation even more, as they both lost their father, and their right to the throne, to their uncle. However, their attitudes contrast as they differ in disposition;
However, continuing with Hamlet’s incessant need for vengeance, the actions and drastic measures he takes in order to achieve such certainty are both incredibly genius and rightfully insane. Despite his methods and lack of will to act until he is absolutely positive with his facts, Hamlet proves that his way is the best way. Although Hamlet had numerous opportunities to act upon his revenge, he waited until he was absolutely sure of his suspicions, even when he could have easily retributed in his own controlled environment. Unlike many other named characters, Hamlet did not let outside sources sway his perception and perspective on the situation. For example, Laertes had insisted that nothing could be said or done in order for him to change his mind on acting upon his own vengeance, yet Claudius’ words had done just that, and Laertes ended up paying the price when he was killed upon his own poisoned sword.
He is Hamlet’s love interest’s brother who implicates Hamlet’s success through conflict. Hamlet sparks the rivalry between the two families by killing some of the family members. By executing Laertes father and Polonius, this causes Polonius’ son, Laertes, to seek vengeance for his father. Consequently, Hamlet’s family goes against him and his love, Ophelia, kills herself. This demonstrates that family ties, even if not blood related, have serious impacts on Hamlet’s life which causes misery to overwhelm his life; this misery prohibits his success.