Hamlet And Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essays

1063 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
When something or someone dear has been seized unjustly from us, we often become blinded by rage, and are willing to seek revenge at any cost. Despondent by the murders of their fathers, both Hamlet and Laertes seek revenge, creating foils of their characters, in Shakespeare’s famed masterpiece Hamlet. They are not foils of spirit or attitude though, but rather of circumstance. Laertes is a man of action, demanding swift vindication, while a thoughtful and hesitant Hamlet struggles to exact his revenge in a timely fashion. Through the obsessive nature of familial bonds in the play, the juxtaposition between Laertes action and Hamlets inaction, and the play’s bloody end, we witness the danger of impulsive reprisal, and the resulting carnage of thoughtless action in Shakespeare’s anti-revenge play, that promotes the act of thinking before acting.

Held in the highest regard in this play is loyalty to ones family, so much so that rationality is abandoned to right ones wronged kin. The most obvious connection between Hamlet and Laertes is their loss of fathers and dedication to their loved ones. While Laertes father, Polonius, utilized tactical schemes to care for his children, he still seemed to care deeply for them. Before Laertes departed for France, Polonius offered the wisdom that, “This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day,/ Thou canst not then be false to any man./ Farewell. My blessing season this in thee (1.3.79-82),”…

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