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In Hamlet the character of Fortinbras a young Norwegian prince has been used as a foil for the main character Hamlet the Prince of Denmark Hamlet and Fortinbras have lost their fathers to untimely deaths Hamlets father King Hamlet was killed by his uncle Claudius and Fortinbras father was killed by King Hamlet Both Hamlet and Fortinbras have vowed to take revenge on the death of their fathers However how they go about doing this is the complete opposite of each other Hamlet after learning that his fathers death was a murder and promising to take revenge waits and makes sure that what he knows is the absolute truth before he even attempts to take revenge on Claudius Even after Hamlet is sure beyond any doubts that Claudius is the murderer he hesitates to kill him Fortinbras on the other hand has been taking action even before the play begins As the play opens we learn that Denmark is in a state of alert The audience learns that the country has been preparing for a war and from Horatio the audience also learns that the young Fortinbras is getting ready his lawless resolutes for action against Denmark for the killing of his father and for the return of lands previously owned by Norway Hamlet Ii 79-107 These differences between Hamlets and Fortinbras action are further mentioned in Hamlets last soliloquy Before the soliloquy begins Hamlet has been informed by one of Fortinbrass Captains that Norway is preparing to fight Poland over a little patch of land and that twenty thousand men are willing to fight for this worthless piece of land just for honours sake This begins Hamlets last soliloquy In it Hamlet is reflecting upon Fortinbras determination to go against the Polish army for the honor over a trifling matter while he himself is taking such a long time in avenging the murder of his father and the disgracing of his mothers name
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