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The Comparison of Laertes to Hamlet In Shakespeares Hamlet Laertes has a significant resemblance to Hamlet Hamlet and Laertes biggest similarity is that they both seek revenge for their fathers murder Hamlet and Laertes both have a relationship with Ophelia Like Hamlet Laertes is suspicious of those in power Hamlet who questions his Uncles intentions at the throne and Laertes who questions Hamlets love for Ophelia Laertes Forward not permanent sweet not lasting The perfume and suppliance of a minute No more Ham 39 Although of many distinct relations one way to separate these two is by their attitudes They have two inverse attitudes Hamlet and Laertes are two men who are struggling to avenge the death of their father The difference is that Hamlet struggles to avenge with honor and Laertes seeks revenge impulsively When Hamlet is talking to the ghost of his father you can tell that he is concerned and clearly wants to hear what this ghost has to say because of the language that he uses Alas poor ghost Speak I am bound to hear Ham 57 and is also quick to except avenging the death of his father Hamlet Haste me to knowt that I with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love May sweep to my revenge but by the end of his speech he is confused about how he is going to kill Claudius O cursed spite That ever I was born to set it right Ham 69 Even When Hamlet finds out that the ghost was speaking the truth by the play and is given the option to kill Claudius he refuses He does this because killing Claudius while he was praying would be morally wrong and Hamlets reasoning to kill the king must be honorable Now when Laertes enters
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