To Avenge or Not To Avenge
Throughout the No Fear Shakespeare version of the Shakespearian play, Hamlet, Fortinbras and Laertes illuminate the character of Hamlet by experiencing similarities that drive them to revenge. Although, they differ in how they go about acting on their vengeful thoughts, the loyalty to their fathers and desire to seek revenge are the driving forces behind the play.
After reading the play in its entirety, the reader can very easily draw that Fortinbras, Laertes, and Hamlet are all sons of murdered fathers. The deaths of their fathers give each man a feeling of loyalty. When Hamlet comes face-to-face with his father’s ghost he vows to, “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (1. 5. ; 25). From this it can be assumed that a cause and effect relationship is beginning to develop between their sense of loyalty and thirst for revenge. Their loyalty causes them to take measures into their own hands in order to do what they feel will bring the men responsible for the murders of their fathers to justice. All of the men share a correlation to one another in that they are all driven to revenge, but they also have many differences from that of Hamlet that allow the reader a deeper understanding of Hamlet’s character. For example, Fortinbras is sharp, organized, and able to quickly make decisions when it comes to his plan for revenge. The reader learns through Horatio that Fortinbras and the army he has assembled are going to fight to get back the land that was lost as a result of late Fortinbras’ death. This goes to show that he has a definite plan of attack and has every intention of seeing it through. This brings to light a character flaw within Hamlet; he allows himself to act rashly in some cases, (such as throwing himself in Ophelia’s grave after Laertes) yet hesitant in others. This goes to show that although he may know what he wants, a considerable delay occurs because he is unable to fully commit himself in order to see any plan...
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