Hamlet Essay

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“It is possible to say that the other characters in the play are mirrors held up to Hamlet’s nature. Discuss the three-part harmony of approval (Laertes, Horatio, Fortinbras) at the end of the play in this context.” In The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, Hamlet has many traits that formed him throughout the play: contrived madness, indecisiveness, nobility, and bravery. His traits are caused by the appearance of his father’s ghost telling him how he was murdered by his own brother stimulating a sense of revenge. During the course of Hamlet’s revenge Laertes, Fortinbras, and Horatio all reflect Hamlet’s traits and his struggle in executing his father’s revenge in a different way. In the final scene these traits are exemplified in a very distinct manner. Laertes is Hamlet’s foil character representing everything that Hamlet is not, for example, Laertes is very hot-headed, decisive, and acts before he thinks. The moment Laertes hears about his father’s death he immediately turns to killing Hamlet. While Hamlet throughout the play always doubts himself when he’s about to kill Claudius, and at many times over thinks the whole situation. Before Laertes’ death he shows his noble side by asking Hamlet for his forgiveness. “Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet. Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee, nor thine on me.”(5.2.339-341). His last words to Hamlet were of forgiveness for his, and his father’s death recognizing that Hamlet was not the bad guy but the righteous, noble guy. Fortinbras, a very brave man, is the Prince of Norway. He comes out in the last scene invading Denmark and posing a very cruel, vicious, and powerful prince. Entering the palace he finds everyone dead except for Horatio. In an instance Fortinbras’ nobility and compassion shows, “For he was likely, had he been put on, to have proved most

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