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The way in which Hamlet, Fortinbras, and Laertes enact their revenge shows the readers how each characters personality differs although they all have shared love for their fathers.

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"Hamlet" Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is considered to be one of the greatest tragedies of all time. During the play, one of the prevalent themes was that of revenge in response to the death of the character's fathers. The way in which Hamlet, Fortinbras, and Laertes enact their revenge shows the readers how each character's personality differs although they all have shared love for their fathers. The hero of this tragedy, Hamlet, has the most complex relationship with his father. During the play, Hamlet and his father are never both seen alive together. The play opens with Hamlet listening to his father's speech as a ghost. ...read more.


From this, I could tell that Hamlet was a logical person who analyzed every decision he made. This character trait makes Hamlet one of the most intelligent characters in the play even though he acted "crazy" throughout most of the play. Laertes, Polonius's son and Ophelia's brother, is the polar opposite of Hamlet. Although both characters share their love for their fathers and will to avenge them when they are murdered, the way Laertes approaches it is very different. When Laertes learns of his father's death, he does not desire to find more evidence about the murderer. Instead, Laertes gathers a mob and storms Claudius' throne. ...read more.


wants revenge against Denmark. The only difference between these situations is that Fortinbras Jr.'s army was stopped before he could enact revenge. I believe that Fortinbras Jr.'s actions make him similar to Hamlet in the respect that both thought things through before making decisions whereas Laertes jumped to rash decisions. All three characters share the same father-son relationship and will to avenge their father's murders. But, the main difference between all of them is the way about which each decided to enact their revenge. What was most interesting about Shakespeare was his ability to write characters that were opposites of each other yet they shared many common traits. I believe this made the plot more interesting. By reading about how each went about their revenge, it was more obvious to me each character's personalities and how those tied the play together. ...read more.

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