Laertes Vs Hamlet Research Paper

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1. Hamlet’s father was killed by Claudius and laertes’s father was killed by Hamlet. Both Hamlet and Laertes wanted to avenge their father’s murder. However, while hamlet was full of self doubt, confused and a thinker, Laertes was quick to kill his father’s murderer. He did not think about the consequences. In the final scene of the play, Hamlet says “I’ll be your foil, Laertes: in mine ignorance your skill shall, like a star I’th’ darkest night, stick fiery off indeed. Pg 1643 (line 221- 224). They both have a lot in common. Even though their fathers were killed due to different reasons, the result was the same. It was because of political conflict. They both wanted to take revenge by killing their father’s murderer without thinking about the consequences. Both had a change in conscience. When Hamlet speaks to Fortinbras, he gets encouraged and decides to kill Claudius as soon as possible. In the same way, Laertes realizes that Claudius has exploited him to…show more content…
2. Hamlet wanted to take revenge by killing his father’s murderer. The first time he tried to kill Claudius was just after the play. He spotted Claudius in his room but did not kill him because Claudius was praying to god. “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; and now I’ll do it. And so he goes to heaven; and so am I revenged” pg 1605 (line 73-75). According to the Elizabethan belief, if Hamlet killed him while he was confessing his sins, he would straight go to heaven. Hamlet would never do that because Claudius deserves to go to hell.” A villain kills my father and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven” pg 1605(line 76-78) King Hamlet was killed while he was sleeping and was not able to confess his sins, therefore he is still in purgatory and has not received peace. Hamlet decides not to kill him while he was praying but he will kill him while he is drunk asleep or in his rage. So that he is kicked out of heaven and his soul would be damned and black as

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