Laertes, in particular, is hot headed and dishonorable.
Laertes, in particular, is hot headed and dishonorable.He allows himself to be manipulated by the king and hatches a plan to poison Hamlet.
And there are numerous possibilities that might cause him to delay his revenge: he is unsure of the Ghost's identity for the first half of the play; he is suffering from depression and maybe madness; it is not a small thing to kill a king; he doesn't want to send Claudius to heaven by killing him while he is confessing his sins, etc.
But, for better or worse, Fortinbras and Laertes do serve as foils to Hamlet.
What's different about them, to me, is that Laertes and Fortinbras are confident men of action. Hamlet, on the other hand, is famous for sitting around worrying about what he should do instead of actually doing something.
by Orr Klein (Circle 7) One of the aspects of the fourth act that I really enjoyed reading was the contrast between Laertes and Prince Hamlet.
In the end, quick personal revenge causes one to be manipulated.
Hamlet is caught between revenge and mercy, mainly because of fear of damnation and problems with his mother.They suffer the loss of their fathers, as Hamlet does.Fortibras sets out to attack Denmark to avenge the death of his father in battle against Denmark, but is stopped by his uncle, who is now king of Norway.And Hamlet does more than just sit around and worry.His character is considered to be one of the great thinkers of English literature.Laertes storms in to Elsinore intent on killing Claudius, who he thinks had a part in the death of his father, Polonius.Neither of these alternatives are necessarily better, they are just alternatives.They both have dead fathers that they wish to avenge yet they are so different in their demeanor, and how they want to go about their business.Hamlet is more introspective and thoughtful about his revenge, maybe to a fault because he can’t seem to actually get it done, but nonetheless is constantly thinking about the details of the revenge, and is willing to take his time to make sure it goes off perfectly. Our certified Educators are real professors, teachers, and scholars who use their academic expertise to tackle your toughest questions.Educators go through a rigorous application process, and every answer they submit is reviewed by our in-house editorial team.