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The Foils of Hamlet Hamlet Fortinbras and Laertes have something in common All their fathers have been killed and they are searching for some way to channel their mourning They want to avenge their fathers death some way Fortinbras wants to conquer land no matter how small or worthless As Hamlet says to the captain Goes it against the main of Poland sir or for some frontier And the captain replies We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name To pay five ducats five I would not farm it nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole A ranker state should it be sold in fee Act IV scene iv lines 15-22 He is a warrior and feels that he has to be in some sort of confrontation involving war Laertes wants to kill just as Hamlet wants to kill his uncle They both have the same strong desire to kill but Laertes wants to do it as soon as possible At first he goes after Claudius thinking that he was the one who killed his father Polonius How came he dead Ill not be juggled with To hell allegiance vows to the blackest devil conscience and grace to the profoundest pit Act IV scene v lines130-132 Then when he finds out that Hamlet was to blame he and the king come up with a plan to catch Hamlet The King tells Laertes Revenge should have no bounds But good Laertes will you do this Keep close within your chamber Hamlet returned shall know you are come home Well put on those should praise your excellence And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman gave you bring you in fine together And wager on your heads He being remiss Most generous and free all from contriving Will not peruse the foils so that with ease Or with a little shuffling you may
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