In Hamlet, William Shakespeare uses different characters to create suspense throughout the play. The relationship between the characters develop conflict throughout the play keeping the reader wondering what is to happen in the following scene. Although these two men have diversity from each other they hold similar characteristics that allow them to separate themselves from the rest of the characters in the play. Hamlet and Laertes illustrate this throughout the play and ultimately changes how the play ends.
Hamlet and Laertes both show impulsive reactions when angered. Hamlet shows this force acting against him when he is overcome by rage when he presumed King Claudius was spying on him while speaking to Gertrude. Without hesitation Hamlet say, "Nay, I know not: is it the king?" ( ) and stabs through the curtain attempting to kill Claudius but instead slaying Polonius. Once Laertes discovered that his father, Polonius, had been murdered he immediately accuses Claudius to the deed and sets off to revenge his fathers death.
"I dare damnation: to this point I stand, that both worlds I give to negligence, let come what comes; only I'll be revenged most thoroughly for my father." (
Hamlet and Laertes imprudent actions caused by fury and frustration prompts both meant to act without giving thought to the consequences to their actions.
Both Laertes and Hamlet have similar aspects in the way they associate with their family and loved ones. Laertes respects and loves his father Polonius and Hamlet also holds this same respect toward his dead father. Both men strive to seek revenge for their fathers unnatural deaths. They also exhibit the same overpowering attitudes towards women. Laertes gives advice to Ophelia with her relationship with hamlet in the same way hamlet persuades his mother that he is not crazy yet...