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A foil is a means by which an author or playwright reveals one character in contrast with another character In Hamlet a play by William Shakespeare the use of a foil is evident among the characters Hamlet and Laertes Although adversaries Laertes and Hamlet share several characteristics which make them similar enabling the audience to learn more about each character individually There are a variety of supports regarding this discussion throughout the play Their love for Ophelia association with their respective families and their similar but differentiated purpose for angered actions are the primary examples to show the character revelations through a contrast of Hamlet and Laertes Hamlet and Laertes share a different but deep love and concern for Ophelia Prior to his departure to France Laertes provides advice to Ophelia concerning her relationship with Hamlet Laertes voices his concern of Hamlets true intentions towards Ophelia and advises her to be careful of Hamlets love Laertes also constantly reminds Ophelia that Hamlet will have probably have an arranged marriage and that Ophelia will be wasting time with Hamlet Hamlets strong love for Ophelia fades after she rejects his closeness Hamlets broad love for Ophelia caused Hamlet serious suffering after the affection toward Ophelia was rejected Hamlets appearance changes accordingly with this rejection of love from Ophelia Pale as his shirt his knees knocking each other and with a look so piteous in purport As if he had been loused out of hell II i 82-84 When Laertes learns of the death of Ophelia shock and sadness overcome Laertes similarly Hamlet is shocked and sad over Ophelias death Hamlet and Laertes are so deeply disturbed at the death of Ophelia they jump into her grave and fight each other Although Hamlet and Laertes both despised each other both Hamlet and Laertes loved Ophelia Hamlet was infatuated with Ophelia which was obvious during his constant suffering over her rejection of Hamlet It is
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