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In the play of Hamlet the omnipresent theme of revenge is very palpable as the reader examines the characters of Hamlet himself as well as Laertes son of Polonius and Fortinbras prince of Norway and son of the late King Fortinbras Each of these young characters felt the need to avenge the deaths of their fathers who they felt were untimely killed at the bloody hands of their murderers However the plan of action that each character takes illustrates the personality and convictions of the character Hamlet Laertes and Fortinbras are similar in the fact that each had love or at least respect for their fathers enough to make an attempt to seek revenge upon their fathers murderers at the risk of their own reputation freedom and souls Each characters father had a substantially high social class in their respective countries which in turn gives them high social class as well With Hamlet and Fortinbras as sons of kings and Laertes as the son of a noble of high regard in the Danish court all had a lot to lose if unsuccessful in their ploy Each of the sons believed that the killers had dishonored their fathers as well as themselves Individually they act in a way that they consider to be an attempt at restoring it to the family as honor was a significant thing to uphold in this day Although similar in age class and ambition to avenge their fathers killers Hamlet Laertes and Fortinbras each have characteristics that make them different from one another and show how each took action to achieve their goals of vengeance Hamlet lets things dwell in his mind before taking any action or making an attempt at trying to get on with things He shows this after the death of his father when he remains in mourning and a depressed state for three months without trying to get on with his life Laertes is more
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