For a character to be a foil to Hamlet, he or she must have things in common with him in order for any differences to become more obvious. Thus the audience would note how Hamlet shows particular aspects of his own character and personality by behaving differently from others in a similar situation.
Four hundred years after it was written, its themes and characters still serve to illuminate aspects of human nature. Perhaps the most important of those aspects is the impulse to seek out vengeance, and the effects different reactions to that impulse can have. Shakespeare accomplishes such an illumination through the actions of the characters of Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras.
Hamlet, Fortinbras and Leartes are all very different people with different lives, but there are many circumstances surrounding them that mysteriously connect them.
All three are young men associated with royal courts of Scandinavia and all three lose their fathers. Though their situations are essentially the same, however, each man reacts in a manner different from the others.
Hamlet is a royal prince of the Danish court. He is said to be a soldier, but he has no real power and does not wish to be involved in battles. He is a scholar, and would prefer to spend his time in Wittenberg, rather than at court, but may not go because the king wishes it that way.
He wants to avenge his father but he is not as active and incisive as either Fortinbras or Laertes. He does not lead an army or even a mob.
He is careful not to act rashly. Throughout the play he is deliberating, pondering and worrying. His soliloquies confirm his confusion and concern. How fast would you like to get it? We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails. 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 chance.
Hamlet, who agonizes, deliberates, and then acts at the last minute, is at one end of the spectrum.
His father is killed during the action of the play. The killer is Young Hamlet. However, the killing is unintentional. Without his important father, Laertes may lose his status and his place at court.
He prefers to spend his time in France, rather than at court. Hamlet and Laertes demonstrate rash behaviour when infuriated. Hamlet becomes outraged at the notion of Claudius spying on him which results in Hamlet mistakenly killing Polonius. Laertes becomes drastically angered at the death of his father and boldly seeks vengeance against Claudius.
Once Laertes discovers his father has been murdered Laertes immediately assumes the slayer is Claudius. Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit!
Consequently, Hamlet consumed with rage automatically thrusts out attempting to kill Claudius, but instead strikes Polonius. Sudden anger prompts both Hamlet and Laertes to act spontaneously, giving little thought to the consequences of their actions. Later when he discovers that it is Hamlet, rather than Claudius, who is the killer, he wants to know, immediately, why he was not punished fully.
He then shows great pleasure in the fact that he, himself, will be able to deal Hamlet a fatal blow in a fencing match. There is no soul-searching, no worrying about an afterlife and no concerns about conscience.
It is a simple matter. His father has been killed by Hamlet, so Hamlet must die at his hands Momentary rage overcomes Laertes and Hamlet which prompts them to act spontaneously.
Hamlet and Laertes share a different but deep love and concern for Ophelia.Through comparing the different characters and their character foils one is able to gain insight on Hamlet.
Shakespeare uses Laertes, Fortinbras and Horartio as a means of comparison and contrast to Hamlet's character. Through the characters of Laertes, Fortinbras and Horatio, the reader was able to better understand the character of Hamlet3/5(4). It is known to the reader that Hamlet and Laertes are both sons of royalty, Hamlet being the son of the former true king of Denmark, King Hamlet, and Laertes being the son of the trusted counselor to the king, Polonius.
Laertes and Fortinbras as Foils for Hamlet Hamlet, the major character in the Shakespeare play of the same name, was faced with a decision upon learning that Claudius murdered his father. Compare and contrast Hamlet; Compare and contrast Hamlet respect, Laertes and Fortinbras, who react swiftly and decisively at the news of their fathers’ murders, serve as foils to the procrastinating Hamlet.
Hamlet is a royal prince of the Danish court. Because Laertes doesn’t think long about getting his revenge gives the reader. A Compare/Contrast of Hamlet through his foils - Laertes, Fortinbras and Horatio.
Words Apr 24th, 7 Pages It is without doubt that William Shakespeare has created many unique, thought - provoking characters. In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, various character traits, exhibited by Hamlet, can be seen through his foils. Similarities with Hamlet and Horatio's education, as well as their levels, can be drawn.
However, Hamlet's character is in constant change and even philosophical.2/5(4).