A Contrast between Suffering Men in Shakespeare's Hamlet

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A father murdered by a madman: this fate is suffered by two characters in Shakespeare Hamlet, though their actions and decisions subsequent to the malefaction set them apart. Hamlet, prince of Denmark, and Laertes, son of the king’s courtier, are both burden by the need to avenge the death of their fathers. They share an ambition for justice, a desire to draw blood of those who have greatly wronged them. Hamlet creates an elaborate plan to reveal the true nature of Claudius, his father’s slayer, and take his execution into his own hands. Laertes seeks to snuff Hamlet after learning that his father has been stabbed and killed by the very man. Such belike situations faced by two men whose character could not be more different from one another.
From their introduction these two men are characterized significantly different from each other. From first interaction with Ophelia, Laertes is giving her advice and speaking from his experience what he feels she should do while he is away in England. Ophelia discounts most of his advice pointing out he’s acting as a hypocrite. “I shall the effect of this good lesson keep As watchmen to my heart, but, good brother, Do not as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, Whiles like a puffed and reckless libertine Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads And recks not his own rede.”
Ophelia catches Laertes in an act; he is not the perfect man he attempts to appear before her as. He puts

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