Hamlet and Laertes have several differences, but the central one is that Laertes is more a man of action, while Hamlet is more of a thinker. This key difference is most obvious from their responses to the deaths of their fathers.Know More
When Hamlet's father dies, there is at first a swirling of questions around his demise, but when the ghost of Hamlet's father demands revenge, Hamlet still wavers, waiting and waiting for just the right time to exact his vengeance on his uncle-turned-stepfather Claudius.
When Laertes' father dies, Laertes wastes no time seeking vengeance. He rushes into the palace with sword drawn, ready to kill the guilty party. Claudius turns this to his advantage, of course, making Laertes his ally in his plot to lure Hamlet to his death.
Another instance showing their differences involves Ophelia. Laertes sees things in black and white, and so, when Hamlet seduces Ophelia (Laertes' sister), causing her to fall in love with him, Laertes exudes a sense of discomfort, angered by the way his sister is being treated. Hamlet is passive-aggressive with his talk toward Ophelia, both before and after the seduction, and the end result is her own insanity. It is difficult to imagine the straight-as-an-arrow Laertes treating a woman in this way.Learn more about Fiction
Although Hamlet does not kill Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with his own two hands, he engineers their deaths by substituting a letter they carry with an order for their executions. The original letter called for the King of England to execute Hamlet on Denmark's behalf, but with the use of his father's signet ring, Hamlet is able to alter the commission and send Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in his stead.Full Answer >
"The world's grown honest" and "For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak / With most miraculous organ" are both quotes from Act II, scene ii that are examples of personification in William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet." Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects are given traits normally ascribed to humans. In the above examples, the world and murder are given human qualities.Full Answer >
Gertrude dies when she mistakenly drinks poisoned wine intended for Hamlet. Earlier in the scene, Claudius had dropped a poisoned pearl in the cup and offered it to Hamlet.Full Answer >
Figurative language in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is symbolic or metaphorical language used by the playwright to express the motivations, feelings and actions of characters. Such language is most effusively and poignantly used by the main character Hamlet, but it is also widely used by other characters such as Ophelia, Gertrude, King Claudius, Polonius and the ghost of Prince Hamlet's father.Full Answer >