Similarities between Laertes and Hamlet in the story "Hamlet"

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Laertes and Hamlet both display impulsive reactions when

angered. Once Laertes discovers his father has been murdered Laertes

immediately assumes the slayer is Claudius. As a result of Laertes's

speculation he instinctively moves to avenge Polonius's death. "To

hell, allegiance! vows, to the blackest devil! Conscience and grace,

to the profoundest pit! 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." Act 4 Scene 5 lines 128-134

provide insight into Laertes's mind displaying his desire for revenge

at any cost. In contrast to Laertes speculation of his father's

killer, Hamlet presumes the individual spying on his conversation with

Gertrude is Claudius("Nay, I know not: is it the King?" Act 3, Scene 4

line 28). Consequently, Hamlet consumed with rage automatically

thrusts out attempting to kill Claudius, but instead strikes Polonius.

Hamlet's and Laertes's imprudent actions are incited by fury and

frustration. Sudden anger prompts both Hamlet and Laertes to act

spontaneously, giving little thought to the consequences of their


Hamlet and Laertes share a different but deep love and concern

for Ophelia. Before his departure for France Laertes provides

lengthy advice to Ophelia pertaining to her relationship with Hamlet.

Laertes voices his concern of Hamlet's true intentions towards Ophelia

and advices her to be wary of Hamlet's love. Laertes impresses upon

Ophelia, Hamlet is a prince who most likely will have an arranged

marriage. Hamlet's strong love for Ophelia withers after she rejects

his affinity. Hamlet's extensive love for Ophelia resulted in grave

suffering for Hamlet once his affection was rejected. Hamlet's

appearance decays due to the rejection of his love for Ophelia("Pale

as his shirt, his knees knocking each other" Act 2, Scene 1,