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Laertes and Hamlet

In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Laertes is placed in similar situations with Hamlet due to the fact that the environment in which they live in is the same although they go about the situations in very different ways. Hamlet gives time and patients to revenging his father’s death, to where Laertes decides to act upon Polonius’ death as soon as he can. Not only do these two men show similarities with the death of their fathers, but also to their love for Ophelia and in the way they associate with their families.Laertes and Hamlet share a different, but deep, love and concern for Ophelia. Before he left for France, Laertes provided some advice to Ophelia pertaining to her relationship with Hamlet. Laertes explains his concern of Hamlet’s intent toward Ophelia and tells her to be careful of Hamlet’s love for her. Hamlet’s strong love for Ophelia decreases after she rejects him. Hamlet’s love for Ophelia resulted in disbelief for Hamlet once his affections were rejected. Hamlet’s presence lessens due to the rejection of his love for Ophelia (“Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other”) (Act 2, Scene 1). The loss of Ophelia’s love for Hamlet causes Polonius to believe it has caused Hamlet to change in an unmannered strangely way. Once Laertes learns of the death of his sister, he becomes extremely upset. In the same way, Hamlet is shocked and angry over Ophelia’s death. Both Hamlet and Laertes are extremely up set at the death of Ophelia, they jump into her grave and fight each other. Although Hamlet and Laertes disliked one another, they both loved Ophelia. Hamlet was in love with Ophelia, which was obvious due to the pain he went through. Laertes showed a strong brotherly love for Ophelia, which he showed when he gave her the advice about Hamlet. Laertes also showed his love for Ophelia during her funeral when he fought with Hamlet.Laertes an...

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