A foil is a minor character used to help develop or understand a major character. Laertes and Hamlet are both impulsive, good with sneaky male parentage. We can recognize similarities and differences between Hamlet and any of the characters, but, there are two characters in the play that have so much in common with Hamlet that they must be described as the most important foils. I do not know Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do;' Sith I have cause and will and strength and means To do't. Hamlet is a royal prince of the Danish court. Laertes and Hamlet share many striking characteristics.
To effectively analyze a story through a Marxist critical lens, the reader needs to pay close attention to how characters of different classes interact with one another, especially in respect to class oppression and social inequity, particularly if the actions or words of a character…. Downloading text is forbidden on this website. Fortinbras however, quarrels with his uncle about the army, which Fortinbras raised secretly, without the king's permission, to attack Denmark. To consider those importance's we must compare the two. Laertes' hatred 1426 Words 6 Pages Huynh-1 Ms. Both Laertes and Hamlet grieve deeply for their fathers, but Laertes acts upon this grief while Hamlet carefully plots his revenge and waits for the perfect timing to avenge King Hamlet. He cautiously plots his act of revenge and waits for the ideal moment to avenge his father's murder.
Hamlet and Laertes, although very similar in most respects, differ in that Laertes is driven by passion and Hamlet is driven by reason. Fortinbras plans to take over Norway and become the king, he plans to do this by taking back the land his father lost. To this point I stand. After the death of his father he becomes depressed and gradually becomes enraged with his mother's 7, 65-69. Whilst Hamlet kills his uncle, Fortinbras, who up to this point has seemed a fairly violent character resolves issues with his uncle, and comes out the better for it, with permission to attack some region of Poland. When Laertes learns that Hamlet killed his father, he gives no thought to the damnation of his soul as he immediately makes a plan with Claudius to poison and kill Hamlet.
Even Hamlet himself realizes how closely aligned his situation is with Laertes and he knows that in the future they will be compared to one another, although Laertes will be found to be greater for his courage in action. Hamlet and Laertes were reared with the same forms of schooling, and were taught to abide by the same ethics and morals. I,iv,99 Another similarity between these two characters is that their fathers are both sneaky. They both want to avenge the death of their father's and they both love Ophelia. Up until this point Hamlet was experiencing moral struggles and doubts.
One characteristic also shared between the two is their courage. Another similarity between Hamlet and Laertes is there good nature, good intentions. It does not take long for Hamlet to be certain of their true intentions. Laertes is a mirror to Hamlet. At first glance you may not notice any explicit similarities between Hamlet and Fortinbras, but as we can see, with a closer look there are several conclusions we can draw.
Fortinbras and Laertes are parallel characters to Hamlet, and they provide pivotal points on which to compare the actions and emotions of Hamlet throughout the play. Claudius turns this to his advantage, of course, making Laertes his ally in his plot to lure Hamlet to his death. However, Fortinbras is more aggressive and even sneaky. They all reacted and took different approaches in attempt to restore honour in their families. Other characters such as Fortinbras, Laertes and Claudius are foils to Hamlet through the same and different worldviews. Hamlet is arguably the most intelligent character in the play. The Shakespearean play, Hamlet, is a story of revenge and the way the characters in the play respond to grief and the demands of loyalty.
This is when we truly get to see how Hamlet see's himself. He his highly overly demonstrative as well, in which case Hamlet is not. For most, this happens through combat, such as the duel between Hamlet and Laerte, which kills them both. As Shakespeare's most philosophical character, Hamlet is used as a medium to explore the fundamental questions which the Elizabethan audience and the modern day audience continue to ponder. Only about a day goes by before Laertes and Hamlet compete in a duel that Laertes revenges his father's death with the swing of a poison tipped sword. Hamlet and Laertes were reared with the same forms of schooling, and were taught to abide by the same ethics and morals.
This is a great con- trast to Hamlet's own character. Even without knowing the one responsible for either, Laertes is quick to promise revenge. After King Hamlet's death, he, along with Prince Hamlet, return to Denmark for the funeral services. Fortinbras' plan also turned out to be effective. Without the actions to follow up, dreams and ambition turn into wasted potential. They are both born with nobility, along with a similar lineage. His thought process reveals a more human aspect of revenge, calling into question whether or not it is useful to act upon these acts of revenge.
It is after this that Laertes joins Claudius, and schemes to kill Hamlet by poisoning the foil they plan to use in a joust between Hamlet and Laertes. A foil is a character that contrasts strongly with another. Once Laertes discovers his father has been murdered, he immediately assumes the slayer is Claudius. Shakespeare has revealed to the audience that the revenge they wish to exact is driven by passion in the case of Laertes and reason in the case of Hamlet. Vows, to the blackest devil! Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.