Hamlet, Laertes, And Fortinbras

Like Hamlet, Fortinbras is overwhelmed with the desire for glory and vengeance. Although the two men share desire to avenge their father's death as well as the loss of their royal crown, they differ in their rationale. Hamlet admires Fortinbras' passion to the point where he berates himself for his inaction, but he also questions Fortinbras' reason "to gain a little patch of ground That hath in it no profit but the name.aE With his father's murder to avenge, Hamlet cannot relate to such an empty motivation. "The soldiers will risk their lives even for an eggshellaE (4.4. 19-54). The two men have both lost their crown to an uncle and their fathers to a violent death, yet the difference in one's strategy for revenge is incredibly distinct from the other. Where Hamlet is said to reason his actions too much, it can also be said that Fortinbras doesn't justify his actions enough.



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