Laertes, unlike Hamlet, is not ruled by reason. Unlike Fortinbras, he is not a natural soldier. In Hamlet, his prominent character trait of indecisiveness and other traits are revealed and better seen when compared and contrasted to the rest of the cast. In contrast to Fortinbras and Laertes, Hamlet feels overpowered by his task, which makes him indecisive. He is the only person Hamlet can come and talk to about all that is going on in his life. At this time in the play, though, it only serves to set the two at across from one another, one of the ways in which foil characters are implemented. Or is the ghost evil, trying to coerce him into killing Claudius.
Hamlet is by far Shakespeare's most compelling character. Claudius doesn't make a bad king, minus the brother-killing-thing; Hamlet may have actually made the worst king ever. Fortinbras Fortinbras is the prince of Norway. This shows that in the world of the play it was not unusual for brothers to late kings to be elected to the throne over the pretensions of their younger nephews. However, these characters are set apart untimely labeling Laertes as a foil for Hamlet as each of them handled their feelings of anger very differently. Hamlet is a scholar; a philosopher.
A foil is a minor character who with their similarities and differences reveals character traits, that of another character opposite to them. One of the most debated topics surrounded Hamlet is whether or not Hamlet truly goes mad by the end of the play, or if it is only an illusion concocted by him. His father was killed ~ murdered ~ only a matter of weeks before the action of the play begins. For example in the closet scene in Act 3, Hamlet tells his mother not to sleep with Claudius anymore. Thus, upsetting a ghost is certainly a courageous act as Horatio is easily susceptible to consequence.
He is a scholar, and would prefer to spend his time in Wittenberg, rather than at court, but may not go because the king wishes it that way. However, Hamlet does avenge his father ~ and his mother. Fortinbras is a royal prince of Norway, whose father was killed over a land dispute, many years before, by Old Hamlet. Hamlet uses Horatio as a release and tells Horatio some of the plans he has in order to take revenge. He sees how everything around him is taking shape, all except his own actions. Fortinbras: An Important Character in Hamlet Oftentimes, the minor characters in a play can be vital and, among other things, function to further the action of the play or to reveal and illuminate the personalities of other characters.
All three young men intend to avenge their fathers' deaths. The most obvious difference is Hamlet's cautious tendency to overthink versus Laertes' single-minded and furious drive. A foil is used as a parallel and contrasts the main character, letting us better see his various traits, reasoning behind decisions or important differences. Instead, only in revenge and death do we see her as a character foil. In Hamlet, Fortinbras, the Norwegian Prince, serves as the most important foil of Hamlet and provides us with the actions and emotions in which we can compare to those of Hamlet and better reveal Hamlet's own character.
He was killed by his own brother, who then married his wife and took the throne. Rather, the dramatic tensions that exist between the two constructs that have marked every epoch of human history affect and inform one another. Also, here Hamlet has finally made a decision on what to do. They are also important in Hamlet as they are imperative to the plot of the play and the final resolution. It seems significant that the lesson is so powerful that Andrew does not even notice when the infamous Napoleon walks past him as he lies on the ground trying to grasp the fullness of his new awareness. In Shakespeare's great tragedy Hamlet, Laertes, Fortinbras, and Hamlet find themselves in similar situations.
He is a soldier prince, with little real power, since his uncle controls him and his country. Laertes differs from Hamlet by encompassing less gratifying traits. Even after Hamlet is sure beyond any doubts that Claudius is the murderer, he hesitates to kill him. While Hamlet takes his time, carefully planning his moves, Laertes and Fortinbras act in haste. Is there any other characters that you think are foils of Hamlet? Fortinbras is the prince of Norway, whose father was killed in battle by Hamlet's father. He is not content with what happened to his father.
He wants his mother to be virtuous, and he forcefully urges her to do so. As the play opens, the audience learns that Denmark is in a state of alert; the country has been preparing for a war. They are both religious and courageous figures. Hamlet and Fortinbras have lost their fathers to untimely deaths. Next Hamlet goes on to describe Fortinbras. His soliloquies confirm his confusion and concern. However, the way they go about this is different.
However, they go about this in a different manner despite their common goals. The audience is likely to gather that Young Fortinbras was just a child when his father died, but that he now intends to gain back the land then lost to Denmark. I agree that it seems strange that Laertes should immediately decide to kill someone, to whom he and his father had been close. The character traits exemplified by Hamlet also comprise his foils. He has not checked the details of the death or whether he has his facts right. However this man, the titular character of the play, Hamlet, is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge. They have a number of things in common with Hamlet, but they respond to their circumstances in markedly different ways.