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Hamlet Leartes and Fortinbras all had some huge issues to work out in their lives The way they worked out these problems is how we see the action behind the men and are able to recognize the traits that influenced all characters in the play not just the ones discussed here All three of these men avenge in very different ways Hamlet with his blinding rage cannot see the forest from the trees Fortinbras does not care what he fights for as long as it brings him honor Leartes chases after false honor and is not able to detect something really worth fighting for As these men interact in this play you can see how these differences tug at the very root of the play distinguishing it from all othersFortinbrasFortinbras had levied an army to attack and conquer Denmark Though son of the late King of Norway the crown of Norway had gone to his uncle just as the crown of Denmark had gone to Hamlets uncle Like Hamlet Sr Fortinbras is an empire builder who desires only to fight for glory and so in an ironic way he is fitted by character to inherit the kingdom of Hamlet SrLaertesLaertes is a young man whose good instincts have been somewhat obscured by the concern with superficial appearances which he has imbibed from his father Polonius Like his father Laertes apparently preaches a morality he does not practice and fully believes in a double standard of behavior for the sexes But if his father allows him these liberties it is that he may better approximate the manner of a so - called gentleman More concerned with the outward signs of gentility than with any inner refinement of spirit Laertes has well observed his fathers advice to be concerned with appearances since the apparel oft proclaims the manAs unconcerned for the order of society as he is for his own salvation he would rather dare damnation
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