Hamlet, Laertes & Fortinbras: Avenging Their Fathe Essay

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Hamlet, Laertes & Fortinbras: Avenging Their Fathers

In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the theme of revenge is very palpable as the
reader examines the characters of Hamlet himself, as well as Laertes, son of Polonius, and
Fortinbras, prince of Norway and son of the late King Fortinbras. Each of these young
characters felt the need to avenge the deaths of their fathers who they felt were untimely
killed at the bloody hands of their murderers. However, the way each chose to go about
this varies greatly and gives insight into their characters and how they progress
throughout the play.

Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras are similar in the fact that each had love, or at least
respect their fathers. Enough to make an attempt to wreak revenge upon their fathers
murderers at the risk of their own reputation, freedom, and souls. Each characters father
had a substantially high social class in their respective countries, which in turn gives
them high social class as well. With Hamlet and Fortinbras as sons of kings and Laertes
as the son of an aristocrat of high regard in the Danish court, all had a lot to loose if
unsuccessful in their ploy. Each of the sons believed that the killers had dishonored
their fathers as well as themselves. Each acts in a way that they consider to be an
attempt at restoring it to the family, as honor was a significant thing to uphold in this
day.

Although similar in age, class and ambition to destroy their fathers killers, Hamlet,
Laertes and Fortinbras each have characteristics that make them different from each other
and show how each acted unlike the others when carrying out their plans. Hamlet seems to
be the one who lets things dwell in his mind before taking any action or making an attempt
at trying to get on with things. He shows this after the death of his father when he
remains in morning and a depressed state for three months without trying to get on with
his life. Laertes seems to be the more quick minded of the three as he makes hasty
judgements about Hamlet and is quick to force his opinion upon his sister, Ophelia about
his fears for her if she stays in the relationship. “For Hamlet and the trifling of his
favor, hold it a fashion and a toy in blood, a violet in the youth of primy nature,
forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, the perfume and suppliance of a minute—No
more.” (Act 1, Scene 3, 5-10). Ophelia answers by telling Laertes that he should follow
his own advice and withhold from being “like a puffed and reckless libertine.” (Act1,
Scene 3, 49). Polonius later reinforces this reckless view of Laertes character by
wanting to send spies to France to observe his son’s habits. In the beginning of the
play, we learn young Fortinbras has martial intentions towards Denmark and that Claudius
views this as a threat as he makes plans to embark on military preparations of his own to
defend his country. “So by his father lost; and this I take it is the main motive of our
preparations.” (Act 1, Scene 1, 104-105). This shows the courage Fortinbras has to take
up arms against a country that had recently defeated his own.

Judging from the differences of the three men, it is obvious that they will each take
different paths in dealing with the deaths of their fathers. Laertes acts the most
irrationally and hastily, showing his reckless nature as he storms the castle of Denmark
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