Essay on Hamlet vs. Laertes

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Hamlet vs. Laertes

Hamlet vs. Laertes

Hamlet and Laertes are two people with almost all the same aspects in the Shakespeare's
Hamlet. They both want to avenge the death of their father's and they both love Ophelia.
Hamlet's and Laerte's similarities can be described in many ways but one can talk about
the main ones: being the love they have for Ophelia, the death of their father's and how
they associate with their families.

Hamlet and Laertes share a different but deep love and concern for Ophelia. Before his
leave to France, Laertes provides lengthy advice to Ophelia pertaining to her relationship
with Hamlet. Laertes voices his concern of Hamlet's true intentions towards Ophelia and
advices her to be some what wary of his love. Laertes tells Ophelia that Hamlet would have
to marry someone of his own blood or someone of royalty "His greatness weighed, his will
is not his own. For he himself is subject to his birth: He may not, as unvalued persons
do, Crave for himself, as for on his choice depends the safety and health of this whole
state"(Shakespeare 1997 1.3). He is saying that he has to marry someone in the royal
family and if he marries a person of a non-royal background it wouldn't look appealing to
the public.. Hamlet's strong love for Ophelia withers after she rejects his sanity.
Hamlet's appearance decays due to the rejection of his love for Ophelia "Pale as his
shirt, his knees knocking each other" (Shakespeare 1997 2.1.82). The loss of Ophelia's
love for Hamlet instigates Polonius into believing it has caused Hamlet to revert to
insanity. Once Laertes learns of the death of his sister he is hit with sudden sadness. In
the same way, Hamlet is shocked and enraged over Ophelia's death. Both Hamlet and Laertes
are so profoundly distressed at the death of Ophelia they both jump into her grave and say
that they want to be buried alive with her. As the r in the grave they both fight each
other saying that they want to be buried with her. Hamlet says his love for Ophelia could
not match that of forty thousand brothers "I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could
not with all their quantity of love make up my sum" (Shakespeare 1997 5.1.180-181)
Although Hamlet and Laertes despised one another, they both loved Ophelia. Laertes shared
a strong brotherly love for Ophelia which was evident in his advice to her and Hamlet
showed his love when he said he wanted to be buried with her. Laertes further displayed
his love for Ophelia during her funeral where he fought with Hamlet.

Laertes and Hamlet both display spontaneous reactions when angered. Once Laertes
discovered his father was murdered, Laertes immediately assumes that the slayer is
Claudius. As a result of Laertes's speculation he instinctively moves to avenge Polonius's
death. "To hell, allegiance! vows, to the blackest devil! Conscience and grace, to the
profoundest pit! I dare damnation: to this point I stand, that both worlds I give to
negligence, let come what comes; only I'll be revenged most thoroughly for my father."
(Shakespeare 1997 4.5.128-134) this provide insight to Laertes's mind displaying his
willingness for revenge at any cost. In contrast to Laertes speculation of his father's
killer, Hamlet presumes the individual spying on his conversation with Gertrude is
Claudius" Nay, I know not: is it the King?" (Shakespeare 1997 3.4.28). Consequently,
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