HW#10 – Hamlet ENGL-1302September 13, 2023
Do Gertrude and Ophelia share any particular characteristics? Explain…September 13, 2023
Compare/contrast the ways in which Hamlet and Laertes react to their fathers’ violent deaths
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Hamlet and Laertes react to their fathers’ violent death in similar ways, but also react differently to the situation. Both, Laertes and Hamlet, lose their fathers to a sudden and unnatural death. Both, Laertes and Hamlet, want to kill the someone who killed their only father. Both grief about this deficit, but internally handle it much differently. Laertes and Hamlet fathers’ death is brought upon by someone close to their son. Laertes is outraged about the situation and is flustered about this concern. On the other hand, Hamlet is rather more composed about his grief. Hamlet is upset about the situation, and promises action will be taken. Hamlet decided to kill Claudius only because he was under the impression that his was about to die. Even though, Laertes is upset, he acts differently upon this situation. He is more of an action taker right off the bat. Laertes acts upon his grief. His anger overtakes his internal thoughts and acts upon his emotions; where Hamlet is much different in this situation. Hamlet promises to act, but only angry and grief internal monologue of how horrible the situation truly is that he does not act upon his feelings. Hamlet and Laertes are different in this situation because one acts at the moment the problem is known, and one acts after the thought process is broken down. Similarly, Hamlet and Laertes grief about their fathers death and they both have angered feelings about this concern. Differently, their feelings is what makes the two characters different.
Hamlet and Laertes fathers both died suddenly of an unnatural death. Both believed the loss of their fathers was due to someone close to them. Hamlet and Laertes had a very different approach to when they received the news of their fathers death. Even though they reacted differently, Hamlet and Laertes both have strong feelings about their fathers death, and they both decide to take action. They both grieved differently. For example, Laertes was one to act upon his grief; where as on the other hand, Hamlet takes all the information in and processes it. Another were they were different was Hamlet internal feelings about the tragic death upon his father that he truly does not act upon his feelings. While on the contrary, Laertes anger takes over his entire thought process. Laertes takes action to kill as soon as he receives the news. This results in him acting upon emotions of anger instead of sadness. Laertes is outraged and flustered and the deceasing of his father. Hamlet takes better control of the situation. For example, he has the ability to compose his grief and think of a plan to take revenge. Hamlet promises to the ghost that he will take matters into his own hands. He makes the decision to kill Claudius after careful consideration. He does this because is under the impression that he was going to die soon. Hamlet and Laertes handled their grieving in different matters. Although their actions were different, they both came from a place of love.
Hamlet and Laertes both have similar yet different reactions to their father’s deaths. When Hamlet was young his father was murdered and he found out by the spirit of his father that it was his Uncle Claudius. he says that he will jump into action and avenge his father’s death, and kill Uncle Claudius. He does not act upon that though. When Laertes father dies, it is from Hamlet. He is outraged, and handles his business by trying to kill him quickly. Once everyone in the group of people fighting is dying Hamlet decides to kill Uncle Claudius. Hamlet and Laertes are different in their grieving of both of their fathers in the way that Hamlet is careful and waits for the perfect plotted out time to kill his Uncle Claudius, where as; Laertes reacts on sudden emotion and hunts out Hamlet as soon as possible. Hamlet was more drawn out in his grieving and revenge. He worries that if he takes his Uncle’s life that he will not go to heaven. It took him many years to take on that revenge that he has for his Uncle Claudius. Laretes has more of a quick turn around to avenge his father of his murderer. They both grieved very deeply for their fathers death and wanted that revenge on their father killers in the sense that they are the same. Hamlet is driven by logic and is hesitant, whereas; Laertes is driven by emotions and anger. They both seek revenge in the end, just taken in different ways
Seen as fictional characters, Hamlet and Laerates’ responses to the death of their father reveal much about who they are as individuals. Hamlet’s reaction parallels what most sons would act like if their father passed: devastated. Hamlet takes grievance to the next level letting his father’s death figuratively take over him. Consumed with grief, Hamlet could not physically or mentally move on according to the language in the literature, contrasting Laertes’s consumption of anger and desire for pure revenge. Since Hamlet’s father passed away, he has been lost and uncertain about what lies next in his now fruitless life. With this longing depression came anger. Hamlet’s loss led him to plot revenge against his uncle which is “supposedly” the cause of his father’s death. This revenge is a key part of Hamlet. Revenge is a prime similarity between Hamlet’s and Laertes’s reactions. Just as Hamlet was, Laertes was devastated over his father’s violent death. Laertes, in contrast to Hamlet, narrows his focus and moves quickly to carry out his plot to get vengeance for his father’s murder. Both Hamlet and Laertes desire retribution for their father, but Laertes goes much further. Laertes’s impulsive rage as a result of anguish culminates in a plot by him and Claudius to murder Hamlet. Looking back on their responses, Hamlet and Laertes appear to be furious with a certain person, blaming them for the demise of their fathers. For instance, Hamlet believes Claudius killed his father through poison and Laertes believes Hamlet killed his father with a sword. Considering both died of “unexpected causes” that could be a similarity as well. One of the main differences is clear: Hamlet was consumed with grief and Laertes was consumed with wrath. Different approaches led to different ways of dealing with the trauma of a dead father.
Both characters wanted revenge for their loved ones. Hamlet wanted to kill Claudious but he actually killed Polonius, which caused Laertes to want revenge on Hamlet. Not long after the murder of Polonius, Laetres takes his action, but it takes a while for Hamlet to carry out his revenge plan. Hamlet is actually depressed, and the only thing that helped him is “talking” to his dead father. While having these conversations with his father, Hamlet learns that it was his uncle Claudius who killed King Hamlet. This causes Hamlet to push people away, including his mother and Opheila whom he told he didn’t love anymore. Ultimately this hurts Ophelia and she kills herself. Ophelia’s death is too much for Laetres and it pushes him over the edge into a rage. This is a rage filled with hate, and he is ready to kill Hamlet. Meanwhile Hamlet has become insane and bitter while Laetres is angry. The only thing Laetres wants is revenge on Hamlet immediately. You can tell throughout the play the difference between the two characters. While Hamlet is very indecisive, Laetres is not at all. Because the death of his father was really sudden, Laetres thinks in a very irrational way in order to avenge him. He even poisons his own sword to use on Hamlet, but before it could be used against Hamlet it is used to kill Laetres. Later Hamlet is trying to figure out a way to kill his uncle for killing his father. He waits for the perfect moment, but in the end he is not able to carry out his plane to murder him.
Hamlet and Laertes both react to their fathers’ death in both similar and different ways compared to eachother. Both of these men had their fathers murdered, but the circumstances for their murders were slightly different. Hamlet’s father was murdered by Hamlet’s uncle, while Laertes’ father was killed by Hamlet. Hamlet killed Laertes’ father accidentally when he was trying to kill Claudius. After his father’s murder Hamlet was very angry, but he was composed in the way that he waited to exact vengance on his father’s muderer. While Hamlet was more controlled, Laertes gets very angry and immediately takes action compared to how Hamlet waited. He immediately plans to kill Hamlet with Claudius during a fencing match. During this match both men were poisoned. Prior to Hamlet’s death he finally avenges his fathers death by killing Claudius. In the end both men are dead, but their vengance is exacted. The time difference in the final act of vengace shows the way the characters are different in that Hamlet is a more methodical and thought out person while Laertes acts out of emotion right off the gun. Both of these men similar in the way that they are both outraged and upset over their fathers’ death. To be fair it is quite understable to be angered in these men’s situation. In my opinion though, it is less understandable for Laertes anger due the fact that Hamlet was already attempting to avenge his own father’s murder, and in Laertes situation his father’s death was accidental.