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Laertes is good loyal and honourable seeming to possess the greatest virtue of all the characters yet he still is doomed to die along with the other characters precisely because of his great virtue As Scene Two begins in the first lines which Laertes speaks in the play he requests that King Claudius allow him to return to his duties in France This is important from the viewpoint that it demonstrates his dislike for the King and his wish to be away from the questionable circumstances of his marriage and subsequent ascension to the throne a wise decision and an attempt to remain apart and above the world as the Greek supermanis seen to gain immortality by doing though Laertes does have personal feelings in the matter unlike the true Stoic thus his attempt is a failure though a noble one While Laertes is off in France however Polonius is killed by Hamlet the Queen recalling that he Whips out his rapier cries A rat a rat4110 implying that Polonius is indeed a rat in the most underhanded and demeaning sense of the word Then Ophelia goes mad the same night as Laertes returns to Denmark with an armed mob shouting for him to take the throne though he finds it against his honour to take the throne from Claudius by force and only wishes to find what has become of his father Though Polonius was spying on him and Laertes most likely was aware of his fathers ways he still feels great love for the old man and desires only revenge for the wrongful death of his kin He declares that he will repay his friends and have vengeance on those who are his enemies To this King Claudius replies Why now you speak Like a good child45143 and though he finishes the statement with and a gentleman the implication is left that Laertes is like a child rushing headlong into
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