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Laertes and Hamlet both display impulsive reactions when angered Once Laertes discovers his father has been murdered Laertes immediately assumes the slayer is Claudius As a result of Laertess speculation he instinctively moves to avenge Poloniuss death 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 worlds I give to negligence let come what comes only Ill be revenged most thoroughly for my father Act 4 Scene 5 lines 128-134 provide insight into Laertess mind displaying his desire for revenge at any cost In contrast to Laertes speculation of his fathers killer Hamlet presumes the individual spying on his conversation with Gertrude is ClaudiusNay I know not is it the King Act 3 Scene 4 line 28 Consequently Hamlet consumed with rage automatically thrusts out attempting to kill Claudius but instead strikes Polonius Hamlets and Laertess imprudent actions are incited by fury and frustration 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 provides lengthy advice to Ophelia pertaining to her relationship with Hamlet Laertes voices his concern of Hamlets true intentions towards Ophelia and advices her to be wary of Hamlets love Laertes impresses upon Ophelia Hamlet is a prince who most likely will have an arranged marriage Hamlets strong love for Ophelia withers after she rejects his affinity Hamlets extensive love for Ophelia resulted in grave suffering for Hamlet once his affection was rejected Hamlets appearance decays due to the rejection of his love for OpheliaPale as his shirt his knees knocking each other Act 2 Scene 1 line 82 The loss of Ophelias love for Hamlet instigates Polonius into believing it has caused Hamlet to revert to antic disposition Once Laertes learns of the death of
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