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Hamlet Foil Characters In William Shakespeares play Hamlet Hamlets character development is helped greatly by the similarities and differences in his foil characters One of Hamlets foil characters is Laertes Both Laertes and Hamlet went through the tragedies of loosing their fathers Although both characters are completely different they both react very similar to this news When Hamlet finds out his father was killed by his uncle Claudius he immediately plots to avenge his fathers death and kill Claudius When Laertes finds out about his father Polonius being killed at the hand of Hamlet he doesnt decide to kill him until he returns from England He then plots with Claudius to kill Hamlet with a poisoned sword Another one of Hamlets foil characters is Horatio Horatio is one on Hamlets best friends He has been through a lot with Hamlet throughout their lives Although they have many things in common the way Horatio and Hamlet act toward the coming of King Hamlet is completely different Horatio is hesitant at first because he is not sure who the ghost is He doesnt want to Hamlet to go with him because he thinks it could cause harm Hamlet has no doubt that it is his father and there for follows him and talks to him about his death Through Horatio Hamlet is shown to be very courageous and trusting Finally another one of Hamlets foil characters is Fortinbras the king of Norway Before the death of King Hamlet Denmarks army defeated Fortinbras army from Norway These two characters could be said to be enemies Through all the things in the past Hamlet can still find it in his heart to forgive Fortinbras Hamlet names Fortinbras heir to the Denmark throne at the end of the story Although this happened at the end of the play it deeply widens the development of Hamlets character The main cast in William Shakespeares play Hamlet helps Prince Hamlets
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