This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Analysis Of The Characters Of Hamlet, Laertes And Fortinbras From William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

1467 words - 6 pages

Angela Romero
English IX
Tim Keppel

An analysis of the characters of Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, revenge is the central topic, which breathes life into the play. As his main objective in life, Hamlet craves to avenge his father’s death, the king of Denmark, betrayed and killed by his own brother. Throughout the play, Hamlet comes across two other main characters in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Laertes and Fortinbras, whose fathers are also murdered. Even though there are differences between these 3 characters, this series of unfair deaths puts them in the same situation and makes them have aspects in common. ...view middle of the document...

This fact causes Hamlet more hatred towards his uncle, since he doesn’t only take his mother as wife, but also murders his father, a person to whom he feels so much honor. Thus, Hamlet decides to take revenge, “This is most brave, that I, the son of a dear father murdered, prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell.” For this, he prepares a play to prove if his uncle is the real murderer, “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” Effectively, the play confirms it and he is about to kill his uncle at church, but Hamlet’s moral doesn’t consider it as a good idea and it’s his constant thinking about revenge that stops him from taking action. With Hamlet’s accidental killing of Polonius, another side of his personality is perceived and it’s his humility to admit he is wrong. It is not Hamlet’s fault even though Polonius was helping his uncle and for this, Hamlet feels guilty and accepts his mistake in front of her mother and later on, in front of Laertes, son of Polonius, “For this same lord I do repent.” “Give me your pardon, sir. I have done you wrong, but pardon ‘t as you are a gentleman.” Hamlet respects Laertes, since they have shared many moments together, he considers him his brother, “Free me so far in your most generous thoughts that I have shot my arrow o’er the house and hurt my brother”. Even at Ophelia’s funeral, he confesses he loves him and at the end, Hamlet seems to understand Laertes’ pain and anger towards him. As for Fortinbras, Hamlet feels just admiration even knowing he is going to attack soon, “Examples gross as earth exhort me. Witness this army of such mass and charge, led by a delicate and tender prince, whose spirit, with divine ambition puffed, makes mouths at the invisible event (…).”
On the other hand, Laertes is a devoted son and brother. He only wants the best for his sister Ophelia, who is Hamlet’s lover, “Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister, and keep you in the rear of your affection, out of the shot and danger of desire.” Unlike Hamlet, he is decisive and fast to act when it comes to revenge, something that might represent a weak spot in him. Laertes also feels honor for his beloved father and after finding out his father is murdered by Hamlet, he wants to avenge as well, no matter the implications of this decision, “Let come what comes, only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father.” “And so have I a noble father lost, a sister driven into desp’rate terms, whose worth, if praises may go back again, stood challenger on mount of all the age for her perfections. But my revenge will come.” A tremendous rage overwhelms his body, destabilizing him. The actual king, Claudius, easily manipulates him in order to kill Hamlet as a benefit for both. “Will you be ruled by me?” “My lord, I will be ruled; the rather if you could devise it so that I might be the organ.” He even lets his moral aside and doesn’t care if Hamlet’s death is in church, “To cut his throat i’ th’church.”...

Other assignments on An Analysis Of The Characters Of Hamlet, Laertes And Fortinbras From William Shakespeare’S Hamlet

An Episode From The Life Of Publius Cornelius Scipio

1064 words - 5 pages Elliot Shimonov An Episode from the Life of Publius Cornelius Scipio Giovani Bellini is a widely known painter of Venetian descent whose work is fundamental in the understanding of the Venetian High Renaissance. His works were inspired by social and political elements which was atypical of the Renaissance culture. However, the Venetian Renaissance came later than the Florentine or Roman Renaissance and by the time of its assumption, studies of

An Analysis Of The Choice Between Separated And Mixed Operation Model For Icbc( London)

9211 words - 37 pages compared with quantitative approach. Additionally, it seeks to understand a given research problem or topic from the perspectives of the local population it involves. Atkinson et al (1998) outline the most qualitative approaches have a focus on natural settings, an interest in meanings, perspectives and understandings, an emphasis on process, and a concern with inductive analysis and grounded theory. Depth interviews or questionnaires are two common

Types Of Characters

862 words - 4 pages -dimensional flat characters, but sometimes stock personalities are deeply conflicted, rounded characters (e.g. the "Hamlet" type). * Protagonist - The protagonist is the central person in a story, and is often referred to as the story's main character. He or she (or they) is faced with a conflict that must be resolved. The protagonist may not always be admirable (e.g. an anti-hero); nevertheless s/he must command involvement on the part of the reader

Culture Analysis Of An Organization

2964 words - 12 pages Diagrammatic representations of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions...............................7 AN ANALYSIS OF THE CULTURE OF AN ORGANIZATION 1.0 Background to the Organization Organization culture is a predominant aspect of an organization’s internal environment Azhar (2003). Culture, to some extent, influences performance and efficiency in an organization Rousseau (2000). Every organization has its unique culture that differs from

Rhetorical Analysis Of An Article

1620 words - 7 pages —both of which are teams that have heavily incorporated data analysis into how they play the game” (Ross 1). While this trend is becoming increasingly more popular around the league, it still faces major opposition. Many believe that it takes the fun and magic out of the game that they have known and loved for years, while others have even stronger feelings about the subject. During an infamous rant in January of 2014, Charles Barkley, an NBA

An Analysis Of Apple Corporation's Global Expansion

1231 words - 5 pages components in Apple’s products imported from other countries at a very low rate. Apple has also adapted some of its products to suit demand in the local Chinese market. In particular, Apple has altered its repair and warranty policy to respond to Chinese consumer unrest at Apple’s perceived lack of care for customer service. While not particular to the Chinese market, it also lowered the price of its iPhone 4 to respond to consumer demand for cheaper

Cite An Example From Recent Events That Highlights The Flattening Of The World As Described By Friedman

413 words - 2 pages are now presented with a menu of investment opportunities that span the globe. These investments, which include the purchasing of materials from overseas vendors or stocks from foreign corporations to outsourcing labor, demonstrate the positive and negative effects involved in an increased globalized market place. The practice of outsourcing on the part of firms is a “text-book” example of how the limitations of access to resources and labor

Postconditioning And Protection From Reperfusion Injury: Where Do We Stand? Position Paper From The Working Group Of Cellular Biology Of The Heart Of The European Society Of Cardiology

250 words - 1 page at the time of reperfusion in animal experiments, but more recently cardioprotection was also observed in a proof-of-concept clinical trial. Indeed, studies in patients with an acute myocardial infarction showed a reduction of infarct size and improved left ventricular function when they underwent ischaemic postconditioning or pharmacological inhibition of MPTP opening during interventional reperfusion. Further animal studies and large-scale human

The Life Of An Airman

989 words - 4 pages Cullen Bryant III K Gladfelter ENGL 1020 September 2012 The Life of a Student Airman As the Airman’s Creed begins, “I am an American Airman. I am a Warrior. I have answered my nation’s call.” Many students on campuses across this great nation have answered this nation’s call. Coming onto a year and a half now, I still remember the day that I signed my contract with the United States Air Force and what was running through my mind. As far as

The Story Of An Hour

333 words - 2 pages “The Story of an Hour” According to the story entitled “The Story of an Hour”, Louise Mallard is a woman with a heart disease that has many different emotions after she hears about the death of her husband. Her husband’s friend, Richard, lets her know that he died in a railroad disaster which he had knowledge of through a telegram. Richard breaks the news to her gracefully although it still sends her to her room where she can be alone. In

Analysis Of The Ways Of Speaking And Other Cognitive Behaviors Of The Patients Of Broca's Aphasia And Wernicke's Aphasia

4654 words - 19 pages Analysis of the Ways of Speaking and Other Cognitive Behaviors of the Patients of Broca's Aphasia and Wernicke's Aphasia. An Empirical Study Submitted in Partial Fulfillments of the Requirement for the Course: Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics of the Masters of Arts In the Department of English Language and Literature Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University

Similar Documents

5w's Of Hamlet Essay

292 words - 2 pages In the Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to keep the audience engaged in the play. A good example of dramatic irony in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is found in Act I Sc.5. The king’s ghost appears to Hamlet and reveals to him the truth about his death. The whole country of Denmark knows that the king had been bitten by a snake, but only Hamlet and two of his friends know that in reality it was the king’s own brother Claudius who killed

Passage Analysis Hamlet

648 words - 3 pages conflict between Claudius and Hamlet. Laertes is devastated by the death of his family and Claudius lays all the groundwork by giving Laertes multiple reasons to blame Hamlet. Although it is Laertes, who is wanting to kill Hamlet, this really relates to the conflict between Claudius and Hamlet because the rage wasn't built up in Laertes – it was built up by Claudius in hopes that Laertes will do his dirty work for him. 3. A literal translation: I

Hamlet Targetting The Audience Essay

1098 words - 5 pages Mirabelli, 1 Hamlet Tragedy reveals the true identity of a person as it draws out one’s deepest inner emotions; this is evident in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. In the play, the newly appointed King and brother of the late King Hamlet, is responsible for the murder of his own brother and Denmark’s beloved ruler. The new King, Claudius, displays several different sides of himself to his audience when all begins to go awry. He now

An Analysis Of Natural Law And Morality

2190 words - 9 pages Alex Erebor 2/1/10 An Analysis of Natural Law and Morality Human beings are undoubtedly the most sophisticated life forms on Earth. We are capable of many remarkable feats, but the one attribute that separates from other life on Earth is the ability to rationalize and reason. Because of this, humans have been able to form a society in which our activities are judged to be right or wrong. This phenomenon is known as morality and is only