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Hamlet the Nature of Men In the Shakespearean play Hamlet Hamlet the tragic hero is a very well developed character Shakespeare elucidates his strengths and weaknesses by contrasting them with those of Fortinbras Laertes and Horatio Whereas Fortinbras is determined Hamlet is indecisive whereas Laertes is excused for gambling drinking and whoring Hamlet condemns any vice whereas Horatio exhibits balanced behavior Hamlet is torn between passion and reason Through these contrasts Hamlet is able to grow and make wiser decisions using these other men as examples of how and how not to act Fortinbras is the prince of Norway His father was killed in a battle with Hamlet Sr which resulted in a loss of lands Fortinbras is determined to regain his fathers lands young Fortinbras Holding a weak supposal of our worth Or thinking by our late dear brothers death Our state to be disjoint and out of frame Colleagued with the dream of his advantage He hath not faild to pester us with message Importing the surrender of those lands Lost by his father with all bonds of law To our most valiant brother 1217-25 Fortinbras sensing that with the death of the king Denmark would be disorganized has demanded the surrender of the lands lost by his father He is determined to regain his lands In contrast Hamlet whos father was also killed and who also wants to avenge his father sits idly by and watches the killer usurp his fathers throne unable to decide when or how to act against the killer Swounds I should take it for it cannot be But I am pigeon-liverd and lack gall To make oppression bitter or ere this I should have fatted all the region kites With this slaves offal bloody bawdy villain Remorseless treacherous lecherous kindless villain O vengeance 22574-579 Hamlet is chastising himself for his own inaction and procrastination He calls himself cowardly and afraid
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