Hamlet And Fortinbras

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3. From one angle the play is about the relationship between fathers and sons. Compare the relationships of Hamlet, Fortinbras and Laertes. Use textual support.

All three characters react differently when their fathers are murdered. Each character has an impulse for revenge, but each one reacts in a different manner. Laertes reacts immediately and irrationally. Hamlet procrastinates, muddles through and ponders his fate and does not act until the entire play is over. Fortinbras is in the middle of these two. When his father is killed by King Hamlet, Fortinbras does not act rashly nor does he hesitate and delay his actions. Fortinbras comes up with a rational plan which includes building an army and taking back his father’s lands.

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