Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras all seek revenge in an attempt to avenge their father’s deaths. Through these acts of revenge a comparison is formed between the three characters. All a experience similar situation. However, their reactions and methods of revenge differ in some instances. Comparison can be drawn between the characters, some stronger and more comparable than others. Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras all experienced the deaths of their fathers. Hamlet and Fortinbras fathers were killed so that power could be obtained. Fortinbras father was killed by Hamlet Sr. in an attempt to gain land, and Hamlet Jr’s father was killed by Claudius in an attempt to take the crown. The methods of revenge that Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras are influenced by the way their fathers were killed. Fortinbras is now seeking to take over Denmark and regain lost land (which was lost by his father). Hamlets father was killed in his sleep. Furthermore, he was not able to enter paradise because he did not fulfill one of the Holy Sacraments, Which was The Anointment of The Sick. I am thy father's spirit, doom'd for a certain term to walk the night, and for the day confined to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid to tell the secrets of my prison-house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part and each particular hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porpentine: But this eternal blazon must not be to ears of flesh and blood. (1.5.5)
Hamlet not only wants to kill Claudius, but he also has in mind where Claudius’ soul will go after death. Laertes’ father is killed by Hamlet; there was no just cause for the murder. Laertes act of revenge is pure and direct. Laertes wants Hamlet dead. Hamlet,...
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