Similarities Between Hamlet And Fortinbras

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In the Shakespeare play ‘Hamlet’, Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras, each seek vengeance for the murder of their fathers. Though their situations are similar,they each act differently. In the play, Laertes and Fortinbras react swiftly and decisively at the news of their fathers’ murders whereas Hamlet procrastinates. Hamlet’s procrastination is caused by his overanalyzing of the situation. At first, Hamlet states that his reason for procrastinating is because “The spirit that I have seen may be a devil…” . Hamlet’s course of action unfolds slowly and involves a great deal of cunning, yet lacks execution. Hamlet spends the majority of the play trying to prove his uncle’s guilt. In Act I, scene v, we learn that Hamlet plans to feign madness so he can act in secrecy to determine whether or not the ghost’s claims are true. This feigned madness is first proved In Act II, scene ii. Polonius attempts to talk to Hamlet, but Hamlet acts strange and mocks him.…show more content…
Yet, even with this proof and an opportunity to kill Claudius when he finds him alone in prayer, he does not act as he says “Why this is hire and salary, not revenge” in his soliloquy which proves that his hesitation is because he thinks that if he kills Claudius at prayer, he’ll be acting like a hired assassin. If Claudius goes to heaven, Hamlets revenge would be unsuccessful. When Hamlet finally does enact his revenge in the final scene, he does so only because he knows he will die, and because it is his last
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