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In William Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet Laertes Fortinbras and Hamlet find themselves in similar situations While Hamlet waits for the right time to avenge his fathers death Laertes learns of his fathers death and immediately wants vengeance and Fortinbras awaits his chance to recapture land that used to belong to his father Laertes and Fortinbras go about accomplishing their desires quite differently than Hamlet While Hamlet acts slowly and carefully Laertes and Fortinbras seek their revenge with haste Although Laertes and Fortinbras are minor characters Shakespeare molds them in order to contrast with Hamlet Fortinbras and to a greater extent Laertes act as foils to Hamlet with respect to their motives for revenge execution of their plans and behavior while carrying out their plans Although each character plots to avenge his father in the play the motives of Laertes and Fortinbras differ greatly than that of Hamlet Fortinbras who schemes to rebuild his fathers kingdom leads thousands of men into battle attempting to capture a small and worthless piece of Poland After his uncle warned him against attacking Denmark The added land will do little to benefit Norways prosperity but this campaign may cost two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats 4426 This shows that pride is a driving factor behind Fortinbras plan because he is willing to put the lives of his countrymen at risk for a minimal gain Laertes on the other hand is compelled to seek revenge because he loses his father and eventually his sister The root of Laertes revenge appears to be the love for his family because he proclaims that he will be revenged most throughly for his father 45138-139 This shows that Laertes will either avenge his fathers death or die trying While Fortinbras and Laertes are driven by pride and love Shula 3 Hamlet seems to act out of desperation His uncle Claudius has killed his father taken the throne and married his mother This
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