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Hamlet by William Shakespeare is about a Danish Princes quest for revenge for the murder of his father Hamlet the Prince is told by his fathers ghost that he was killed by Claudius the current King and the dead Kings brother This infuriates Hamlet and there begins his quest for justice Hamlet masks his knowledge of the murder under a cloud of lunacy In this fit of supposed madness Hamlet kills Polonius royal counsel to the King and father to Ophelia and Laertes Prince Hamlet and Laertes share many characteristics Laertes and Hamlet both display impulsive and rash behavior when angered When Laertes discovers that his father has been killed he immediately assumes that the slayer is Claudius 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 the worlds I give to negligence let come what comes only Ill be revengd most thoroughly for my father 45131 This quote provides insight into Laertes mind displaying his desire for revenge at any cost In contrast to Laertes speculation of his fathers killer Hamlet presumes the person spying on his conversation with his mother is Claudius After Hamlet kills Polonius the Queen says Oh me what hast thou done 3424 Hamlet responds Nay I know not Is it the King 3425 Sudden anger prompts both Hamlet and Laertes to act spontaneously giving little thought to the consequences of their actions Hamlet and Laertes share a different but deep love and concern for Ophelia Before his departure for France Laertes gives Ophelia advice pertaining to her relationship with Hamlet Laertes tells Ophelia of Hamlets supposedly true intentions and advises her to be wary of Hamlets love Laertes explains to his sister that Hamlet is a Prince and most likely will have an arranged marriage Hamlets strong love for Ophelia causes him to suffer greatly when she rejects his affections Hamlets normally well-groomed
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