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In the Shakespearean play Hamlet Laertes and Fortinbras have important roles although they are minor characters Fortinbras and Laertes importance arise because they are parallel characters to Hamlet and they provide pivotal points on which to compare the actions and emotions of Hamlet throughout the play They are also important in Hamlet as they are imperative to the plot of the play and the final resolution Laertes is a mirror to Hamlet Shakespeare has made them similar in many aspects to provide a greater base for comparison when avenging their respective fathers deaths Hamlet and Laertes love Ophelia Hamlet wishes Ophelia to be his wife Laertes loves Ophelia as a sister Hamlet is a scholar at Wittenberg and Laertes at France Both are admired for their swordsmenship Both men loved and respected their fathers and display deviousness when plotting to avenge their fathers deaths Hamlets response to grief is a trait starkly contrasted by Laertes Laertes response to the death of his father is immediate He is publicly angry and he leads a riot that occurs outside Elsinore for which Polonius death and quick burial served as a catalyst He is suspicious as is evident in his speech to Claudius How came he dead Ill not be juggled with To hell allegiance Act 4 5130 Hamlet however is very private with his grief His mourning for King Hamlet is long and drawn out two months after his fathers death he is still observed to be wearing suits of solemn black Act 1 278 Claudius and Gertrude comment on his unhappiness however it is not until Hamlets first soliloquy that the audience is made aware of the depth of his suffering Although dismayed at his mothers quick remarriage to his uncle Hamlet suspects nothing of his fathers murder until the ghost discloses this to him When brought to the call of avenging their fathers deaths Laertes is fast to act he wants revenge and
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